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EU imposes travel ban, assets freeze on 12 Syrian officials
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c_330_235_16777215_0___images_stories_edim_01_Syria99(60).jpgEuropean Union foreign ministers agreed on Monday to impose an asset freeze and travel ban on 12 Syrian government ministers, accusing them of "responsibility for serious human rights violations."
 
The ministers' names will only be published in the EU's Official Journal on Tuesday, when the sanctions will take effect, the EU said in a statement, according to Reuters. 
 
The decision brings to 191 the number of people targeted by EU sanctions on Syria, which has been plunged into war for the last three years.
 
Fifty-three companies or other organizations, including the central bank of Syria, remain under an EU asset freeze.
 

Israeli air raids kill 10 Syrian troops
 
Israeli air raids on several Syrian military facilities overnight killed at least 10 troops and destroyed an army command center, an activist group said Monday.
 
The Syrian government has not commented on the airstrikes, which the Israeli military said hit nine targets inside Syria before dawn. The raids were in response to a cross-border attack the previous day that killed an Israelis, AP reported. 
 
The director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdurrahman, said the Israeli strikes destroyed two tanks, two artillery batteries and the headquarters of Syria's 90th brigade.
 
The Observatory collects its information through a network of activists inside Syria.
 
The Israeli military said "direct hits were confirmed" on the targets, which were located near the site of Sunday's violence in the Golan Heights and included a regional military command center and unspecified "launching positions."
 
It was not immediately clear whether Syrian troops or one of the many rebel groups battling the government carried out Sunday's deadly attack in the Golan. But Lerner said it was clear that the attack was intentional. 
 
Israel captured the Golan Heights, a strategic plateau overlooking northern Israel, from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war. Israel's annexation of the area has never been recognized internationally.

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