EU Tightens Sanctions Against Syria – Again (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 05/14/12)
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Killings continued in Syria Monday as the European Union ratcheted up
sanctions against Damascus in an effort to stop the slaughter.
At the latest meeting of the EU foreign ministers in Brussels, the EU
imposed a 15th round of sanctions against the regime of President
Visa bans and asset freezes were levied against three more Assad
associates, bringing to 128 the number of government supporters
affected by the sanctions.
In addition, two more Syrian entities were added to the sanctions
list, said EU spokesman Michael Mann. A total of 43 Syrian banks,
companies and other entities are banned by the EU.
The London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told reporters
at least 33 people were reported killed on Monday.
These included 23 soldiers killed in clashes in the central Syrian
province of Homs, in rebel-held Rastan city. Three troop carriers
were destroyed as well, the organization said, adding that Syrian
troops had shelled the city the day before, and resumed the shelling
after the clashes had ceased.
A former Syrian army lieutenant who defected also died in the
fighting, along with three other rebel fighters and two civilians in
the nearby city of Homs.
Three civilians were killed by government gunfire in southern Dera´a
province, including a child. A 15-year-old boy was also killed with
machine gunfire by regime forces in eastern Deir Ezzor province, in
the city of Quraya.
Last Thursday, 55 people died and more than 370 were wounded in a set
of massive bombing attacks in Damascus that Russia insisted was the
work of the international Al Qaeda terrorist organization. In direct
defiance of most of its colleagues in the United Nations, Russia has
stood by Syria and vowed to continue to supply the regime with what
it called “defensive” arms.
The United Nations has estimated that close to 10,000 civilians have
died in the growing civil war that was sparked by last year´s region-
wide Arab Spring uprisings. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/14/12)
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