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AMMAN: Syria has banned most imports except raw materials and grains, local businessmen said Saturday, in a move to preserve foreign currency reserves as pressure grows from a popular rebellion and Western sanctions against Syria’s rulers.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan said his Navy was ordered to stop weapons shipments to the Assad regime through the Mediterranean Sea or by air. Erdogan said one Syrian weapons shipment was already intercepted by the Turkish Navy.
Beirut - Four Syrian soldiers were shot dead on Monday as they tried to escape a military camp and troops sealed off towns in a continuing crackdown on opponents of President Bashar al-Assad, activists said.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, based in Britain, said the four soldiers were killed by military police when they tried to flee their post in the northern province of Idlib, which borders Turkey. Another seven soldiers were arrested.