Arab League Drafts Sanctions Against Syria

Posted November 26th, 2011 at 4:50 pm (UTC-5)
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The Arab League has drawn up a list of sanctions against Syria, where the death toll from the government's crackdown on dissent continues to mount.

Arab League diplomats meeting in Egypt on Saturday have agreed on a list of penalties that includes halting Arab commercial airline flights into Syria and a freeze on trade and banking exchanges.

The draft proposal will be presented to Arab League Foreign Ministers for possible ratification on Sunday.

The French news agency says Syria's foreign minister has accused the group of “internationalizing” his country's anti-government crisis.

Activists say Syrian forces killed at least five people in a series of raids on Saturday. They said at least 27 people were killed in anti-government-related unrest on Friday, including at least 10 security force members who died in clashes with army deserters.

The government has blamed gunmen and “terrorists” for much of the unrest.

The Arab League meeting came a day after Damascus missed a deadline to allow international monitors to enter the country. Earlier this month, the 22-member group suspended Syria's membership after it failed to implement a plan intended to end the government's violent crackdown.

For months, protesters have been taking to the streets and demanding President Bashar al-Assad's resignation.

The United Nations says more than 3,500 people have been killed since March in connection with the opposition protests.