The European Union has announced a series of sanctions against Syria in an attempt to force the government to stop the violent repression of protests
Activists said arrests are continuing to take place across the country – in Baniyas, in Homs, Hama and the capital Damascus. Dozens of people are reported to have been killed in the southern city of Deraa, which has effectively been cut off for two weeks. The UN has been refused access to the city.
The measures announced by the EU include an embargo on arms and equipment that could be used for violent repression against the civilian population.
There have also been travel bans and asset freezes on 13 officials identified as having been responsible for the forceful suppression, although at this stage President Bashar al-Assad is not on the list.
The unrest is causing an exodus of refugees fleeing the violence to bordering countries including Lebanon and Turkey
The United Nations is increasingly worried as the unrest continues to escalate.