EU to Ban Delivery of Jet Fuel to Syria, Widen BlacklistJames G. Neuger
European Union governments agreed to bar the sale of jet fuel to Syria and widened a blacklist to cover more supporters of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
The EU gave no date for imposing the ban on aviation fuel, which is meant to starve Assad’s air force. Asset freezes and travel bans on 16 people and two organizations will take effect tomorrow, bringing to 211 the number of people and 63 the number of organizations on the blacklist.
“The EU will continue its policy of imposing additional measures targeting the regime, as long as repression continues,” EU foreign ministers said in a statement after a meeting in Luxembourg today.
Syria’s civil war has killed more than 190,000 since it broke out in March 2011, according to United Nations estimates. It has spilled over into neighboring countries and abetted the rise of extremist groups such as Islamic State.
The names of the newly blacklisted people and organizations will be released tomorrow.