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EU mulls new sanctions against Syria

BRUSSELS – A senior EU official said the bloc will soon impose harsher sanctions against Syria as it seeks to weaken the regime and end President Bashar al-Assad’s regime crackdown against opponents, dp-news.com reported. The EU official announced Wednesday that new measures may include bans on the import of Syrian phosphates, on commercial flights between Syria and Europe, and on financial transactions with the country’s central bank.

EU countries have already banned oil imports from Syria, and imposed visa bans and asset freezes against government officials and military and police officers.

Meanwhile, a day after Russia’s foreign minister touted the Syrian president’s “commitment” to ending violence, at least 47 people were killed in the Syrian city of Homs, an opposition activist group said, according to CNN. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the dead included 20 members of three “unarmed” families, killed when government forces stormed three homes in a neighborhood of Homs. One opposition activist, Omar Shakir, put the death toll at 54 after visiting and calling field hospitals in three neighborhoods in Homs.

The U.N. Security Council put forward a draft resolution over the weekend aimed at stemming the violence in Syria, but Russia and China vetoed the measure. Wednesday, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights described “extreme urgency for the international community to cut through the politics and take effective action to protect the Syrian population.”

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