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EU extends the list of Syrians under sanctions

EU extends the list of Syrians under sanctionsThe European Union put 10 more Syrians to its sanctions list, the block said in a statement on Thursday in a first try to increase pressure on the Syrian regime over the attacks on Aleppo.

The 10 include government and military officials and business people linked to President Bashar al-Assad. They will face an asset freeze and travel ban.

The EU is also discussing adding around 18 government officials to its Syrian sanctions—ministers and deputy ministers in recent months who have joined the Assad regime but not yet been sanctioned.

"This decision brings to 217 persons the total number of persons targeted by a travel ban and an asset freeze for the violent repression against the civilian population in Syria," the European Council which represents EU governments said in a statement.

The EU and other western countries already have extensive sanctions in place against the Assad regime. There are more than 200 Syrians on the sanctions list and close to 70 firms and other entities are blacklisted. They include President Bashar al-Assad and close family members.

Since the Syrian conflict began in 2011, the bloc has also placed sweeping economic sanctions on the regime, including an oil embargo, a ban on arms sales and various other business and financial dealings with the country.
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