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Syrian ministers face EU sanctions

EU sanctions are being placed on 12 ministers of the Syrian government due to their responsibility "for serious human rights violations".

The EU said they will be banned from travelling to the 28-nation bloc and will see any assets held there frozen.

The targeting of cabinet ministers appears to reflect the increasing frustration with the political stalemate in Syria following president Bashar Assad's re-election this month despite the country's three-year civil war.

The ministers' names were not released pending their publication in the EU's legal journal tomorrow.

The new measures bring the number of Syrian officials subject to EU sanctions to 191. In addition, there are sanctions against 53 Syrian entities linked by the EU to Assad's repressive policies, including the central bank.

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