Arab States Set To Ratify Syrian Sanctions

world | Nov 27, 2011 | By RFE/RL 

Arab League foreign ministers are expected to meet to ratify fresh sanctions against Syria for its crackdown on protesters. 

On November 26, Arab League finance officials discussed what measures to take, which reportedly include a cut to commercial ties with Syria and a freezing of its assets. 

The move follows Syria's failure to let monitors into the country. 

That's part of a broader Arab League plan aimed at ending Syrian leader Bashar Assad's eight-month crackdown on protests in which the United Nations says 3,500 people have been killed.

Meanwhile, the violence continues in Syria.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 27 civilians died in Syria on November 26, most of them shot by security forces in the cities of Homs and Qusayr. 
   
It also said army deserters killed 12 soldiers in the northern province of Idlib when they attacked a convoy heading for the town of Maarat al-Numan.

compiled from agency reports

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