EU imposes sanctions on Syrian leader Assad

May 23, 2011 - 5:45 AM
Mideast Jordan Syria Protest

A Syrian protester gestures as he is silhouetted behind a Syrian flag bearing Arabic writing that reads:

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is imposing sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad over the continuing crackdown on anti-government protesters, in which more than 900 people have reportedly been killed.

Earlier, the 27-nation EU sanctioned 13 people with links to the Syrian regime, but Assad was not among them.

Meanwhile, the killing of anti-government protesters has continued.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague, heading into a meeting of EU foreign ministers in Brussels, said Monday expanding the sanctions to include the Syrian president was "the right thing to do."