August 23, 2011 / 10:42 PM / 8 years ago

U.N. Syria sanctions draft targets Assad, 22 others

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A European and U.S. draft resolution obtained by Reuters on Tuesday calls for U.N. sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, 22 other Syrians and the country’s General Intelligence Directorate.

U.S. and European delegations hope to put the draft resolution to a vote in the 15-nation Security Council as soon as possible. The sanctions are the Western nations’ response to Damascus’ five-month crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators, which the United Nations says has left 2,200 civilians dead.

Reporting by Louis Charbonneau; editing by Christopher Wilson

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