EU intensifies arms embargo & sanctions against Syria
The European Union intensified arms embargo and sanctions against the Syria government in reaction to rising violence in the country. The 27-member Union adopted the conclusion according to which vessels and aircraft heading to Syria will be inspected if it is suspected that the cargo contains arms or equipment for internal oppression. As per the conclusion, the obligation applies in member states’ seaports and airports as well as in their territorial sea, in line with international law.
This marks the 17th round of EU sanctions against Syria since May 2011, which increases the total number of persons subject to sanctions to 155.