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BRUSSELS – The European Union imposed an arms embargo Monday on Syria, where the government is conducting a violent and sometimes lethal crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.
The EU is banning the shipment to Syria of "arms and equipment that could be used for internal repression," an EU statement said late Monday.
The EU also is prohibiting 13 Syrian "officials and associates of the Syrian regime" from traveling anywhere in the 27-nation union, and is freezing their assets, the statement said. The 13 have been identified as being responsible for the violent repression against the civilian population, it said.
4:57am The European Union warned President Bashar al-Assad to end violence against protestors or face punitive action Monday as it officially adopted a wide range of sanctions due to take effect on Tuesday.
1:50am UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos says a United Nations aid mission to the southern Syrian city of Deraa has been postponed until later this week because the country failed to provide access.