EU bans Syrian airline from its airports

2012-10-15 21:22

Luxembourg - The European Union is increasing pressure on Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, prohibiting the provision of any financial services to Syrian arms exports and banning a major Syrian airline from EU airports.

The moves come as the death toll from Syrian conflict is estimated to have passed 32 000.

EU foreign ministers discussing sanctions on Syria on Monday in Luxembourg added 28 people to those whose assets are frozen and who are denied EU visas.

They also froze the assets of two additional companies - one of which was the banned Syrian Arab Airlines. The full list of those sanctioned will be published on Tuesday.

A ban on Syrian cargo flights was already imposed, as was an obligation for EU countries to inspect ships or planes suspected of carrying arms to Syria.

  • hannah.p.mostert - 2012-10-16 07:54


  • irvin.mkhari - 2012-10-16 12:11

    europeans are cowards,selffish and killers.they don't want other countries to progress and govern their own counrty the way they want.they go all over the wolrd(more aspecial africa) to seek regime change for their own benefits.

      fred.fraser.12 - 2012-10-16 17:05

      All 740 million Europeans? Irvin, clearly, you're suffering under self-imposed pseudo-victimhood. Free yourself now! The world is not out to get you and keep you down, although it is more painful than it was meant to be and can feel that way sometimes.

      moses.mabhida.52 - 2012-10-16 17:35

      Irvin not so long ago European countries had sanctions against the apartheid government - are you aware of that? Why are european sanctions now bad when they are targeting Assad for killing his people... I know many are against the west... But when they held anti-apartheid rallies with tens of thousands of people in london we were proud of them... And now? What short me memories we have. The Syrian people are fighting for their freedom like we did. They deserve freedom like you Irvin. FYI - the Chinese sanctions against the apartheid government were non existent. The problems in our schools today is showing on the comments on news24. How short people's memories are, how sad that we have forgotten to treasure freedom and democracy for others like we do for ourselves.

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