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EU expands sanctions against Syria, targets 5 more military and government officials
BRUSSELS (AP) ' The European Union is expanding its sanctions against Syria by imposing asset freezes and travel bans against five more military and government officials.
The decision Monday brings the number of individuals targeted by the EU to 35, including President Bashar Assad. Four government entities are also on the list.
EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton condemned Syria's latest crackdown on pro-democracy protesters.
She said the attacks on Hama and other Syrian cities by the security forces showed that the leadership was "unwilling to implement the reforms it has promised in response to the legitimate requests of the Syrian people."
The European Union also has an embargo on sales of arms and equipment that can be used to suppress demonstrations.