The European Union said Monday in a statement that its arms embargo and sanctions against 13 Syrian officials has been adopted and will go into effect Tuesday, AFP reported.

“The (EU) Council has adopted a regulation and a decision providing for an embargo on exports to Syria of arms and equipment that could be used for internal repression, as well as a visa ban and an assets freeze,” the statement said.

The visa ban and asset freeze target officials in and associates of the regime of President Bashar al-Assad, but the president himself was not included in the sanctions. Assad’s government has killed hundreds in a bloody crackdown on protesters seeking reform.

On Monday, Syrian security forces arrested hundreds of activists and anti-government protesters in house-to-house raids across the country.

The names and exact measures of the E.U. sanctions will be published in the Official Journal on Tuesday.WSJ

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