EU increases sanctions against Syria

Published June 23rd, 2014 - 12:35 GMT

The European Union announced plans Monday to increase sanctions on Syria due to the country’s ongoing conflict, according to Agence France Presse.

In a statement released by the regional governing body, the EU imposed travel bans and asset freezes on 12 Syria’s government ministers, “given their responsibility for serious human rights view of the gravity of the situation in Syria.”

With the addition of the 12 ministers, EU sanctions now affect 191 Syrian figures linked to the ongoing conflict.

The statement also noted that “53 entities linked to the repressive policies, including the Central Bank of Syria, remain under an EU asset freeze.”

Earlier this year, the EU also voted to extend sanctions specifically targeting the country’s oil industry, and freeze assets linked to allies of President Bashar Al Assad.

The EU will publish the names of the 12 ministers Tuesday, according to the AFP report, in EU’s official journal.

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