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EU targets Syria ministers with sanctions


The European Union has published a list of senior Syrian officials, including several government ministers, targeted by a latest round of sanctions as the death toll from a crackdown on an anti-government uprising continued to grow.

Those added to the list, published in the EU's official journal on Tuesday, included ministers with responsibility for health, education, transport, and communications and technology, who were all accused of providing practical support for the crackdown.

According to the list, Wael Nader Al-Halqi, the minister of health, ordered hospitals to deny care to protesters, while Saleh al-Rashed, the education minister, allowed schools to be used as makeshift prisons.

Emad Abdul-Ghani Sabouni, the minister for communications and technology, seriously hampered free access to the media, while Fayssal Abbas, the minister of transport, provided logistical support for the repression, the journal said.

Others targeted were Mansour Fadlallah Azzam, minister of presidential affairs and an adviser to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad; Sufian Allaw, the petroleum minister; and Adnan Slakho, the minister of industry.

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