EU imposes sanctions on Syrian leader Assad

By the Associated Press | May 23, 2011 | 5:45 AM EDT

A Syrian protester gestures as he is silhouetted behind a Syrian flag bearing Arabic writing that reads:"God," during a demonstration demanding that Syria's President Bashar Assad steps down, in front of the Syrian Embassy in Amman, Jordan, Sunday, May 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Nader Daoud)

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."