The Arab League has approved economic sanctions against Syria following its violent crack down on protesters.
The sanctions, including a travel ban on top Syrian officials and a freeze on the government’s assets, were approved by 19 of the 22 members. The Qatari Prime Minister said the move against Syria, which was suspended from the league last week, was an attempt to deal with the issue in house:
“All the work which we are doing is to avoid interference, but if the international community does not see us as serious in this matter and we do not have a result, I cannot guarantee that there will be no interference,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Syrian military held a ceremony to pay respects to 17 soldiers recently killed in an ambush by opposition armed forces. Dozens of officers and family members gathered at the Homs hospital, pledging to hit back at the perpetrators.
The country has seen months of anti-government protests, and the UN estimates that around 3,500 people have been killed so far.