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EU concensus on tougher Syrian sanctions

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With Damascus and Aleppo still trembling with heavy fighting this Saturday Cyprus, the current EU presiding nation, says a consensus has been reached for tightening of EU sanctions.

Aid has already been increased for nations welcoming refugees and will be arriving in “the coming weeks and months”, and there were promises of more for countries like Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan.

The EU’s foreign policy head said any sanctions had to work:

“Sanctions we keep under review, as you know, not only to consider whether more sanctions should be taken, but to make sure the enforcement of them is done properly, and any ability to evade them is dealt with,” said Catherine Ashton.

The latest arrivals at a refugee camp in Jordan, visited by Germany’s Guido Westerwelle on Saturday described to him their Damascus suburb’s ordeal under air strikes, heavy weapon fire and infantry assault.