The European Union has announced a new round of sanctions aimed at punishing Syria in the ongoing civil war, blacklisting two companies related to the regime and imposing travel bans on 28 Syrians.
The new sanctions are aimed at damaging Syrian exports, but in practice probably don’t do much, as the Syrian economy has already ground to a virtual halt because of the fighting, particularly with the industrial center of the city, Aleppo, a warzone.
And as with all sanctions the indication is that they are hurting civilians more than the government, with Syrian officials saying that the trade bans had caused cooking gas shortages, but not huge losses for government ministries.
Though the EU measure also included a warning “against further militarization of the conflict” it only explicitly banned EU citizens from aiding the regime, and not from providing aid to the rebel factions.
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