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Arab League Overwhelmingly Approves Syria Sanctions

The Arab League has overwhelmingly approved sanctions against Syria and indicated that future actions might include intervention. Under the new sanctions, certain Syrian officials will be prevented from traveling, assets will be frozen, transactions with Syria’s Central Bank curtailed and investment in Syria halted. Despite action by the Arab League, fighting continued throughout the country on Sunday. Defectors from the Syrian army, who are fighting under the name “Syrian Free Army,” are continuing to attack troops loyal to President Bashar Al-Asad. With trained soldiers fighting back, the death toll during the past month has risen significantly. UN sources report about 4,000 deaths since the unrest began nine months ago. The sanctions were approved by 19 of the 22 Arab League member nations.