03 September 2011
European Union members announced a ban on all imports of Syrian oil Friday, as the Assad regime's brutal crackdown on civilian protesters continues.
The move comes over one week after EU officials announced sanctions on Syrian businesses and officials but stopped short of imposing a full oil embargo, reportedly due to concerns of the impact on civilians.
See 'EU extends sanctions on Syria, mulls oil embargo'
Around 90% of Syrian crude oil is exported to the EU.
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