The sanctions include Turkey among others freeze strategic partnership with Syria, a ban on entry into Turkey to managers and Syrians businessmen , the freezing of funds belonging to President al-Assad and members of his government, and an embargo on arms shipments from third countries to Syria.
Previously, the Arab League has also introduced economic sanctions against the Syrian regime in response to the refusal of Damascus to host Arab observers.
Since mid-March, Syria has been rocked by a protest movement against the regime. According to the UN, the death toll from the eight-month Syrian uprising has reached 3500. Damascus denies amounts and claims that the country is plagued by gangs financed from abroad.