Scores killed in Syria as AL set to impose new sanctions
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the civilian death toll reached on Saturday to 27 people, mostly in Homs. In addition, at least 22 members of the security apparatus were killed in clashes with dissidents. There are reports about fierce clashes between the army and dissidents him in the southern town of Dara'a.
Meanwhile, Arab League economic ministers voted to impose tough sanctions on the Syrian government, saying Damascus ignored a deadline to end the crackdown on opponents. According to the AP, the ministers demanded that their countries freeze assets owned by Syrian officials and withdraw investments in Syria.
"Trade exchanges between Arab governments and the Syrian government are to be halted, except for those related to the strategic goods needed by the Syrian people," the ministers said in a statement. They also said several senior Syrian officials would be barred from traveling through Arab airports and said they will stop dealing with Syria's central bank.