The European foreign ministers have decided to add 12 people and 11 organizations to the list of sanctions.
Syria was shaken by a protest movement against the regime of Bashar al-Assad. The troubles began in Deraa (south) before spreading to other cities. The opposition demanded the resignation of President Assad and political transformations. According to the UN, the repression of the uprising by the security forces have killed more than 3,500 victims.
In response the bloody crackdown, the EU has imposed a series of sanctions against the Syrian authorities. In addition, the European Union, France, Britain, Germany and other countries called the Syrian president to leave immediately.