Luxembourg - The European Union slapped fresh sanctions against President Bashar Assad's regime on Monday, agreeing on an assets freeze and travel ban on 28 Syrians and two firms at a meeting of EU foreign ministers.
This 19th round of sanctions since the start of the Syrian conflict in March last year brings to 181 the number of people and to 54 the number of companies blacklisted by the EU.
The measures target people linked to violence against protestors and entities involved in supplying equipment used for repression by the regime.
The sanctions were accompanied by a ban on EU residents buying, shipping, insuring or assisting in any way Syrian companies that trade or transport arms.
More than 33 000 people have died since the revolt against the Assad regime erupted, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.