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Turkey closes door to Syrian military cargo

Turkey Materials 22 September 2011 11:46
Turkey closed its airspace for transportation to Syrian military cargo, the Hurriyet newspaper reported quoting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 22 / Trend , A.Tagiyeva/

Turkey closed its airspace for transportation to Syrian military cargo, the Hurriyet newspaper reported quoting Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The country imposed the ban following talks with the U.S. The decision was made to strengthen sanctions against Syrian authorities.

Erdogan said that Turkey and the United States will act jointly to impose sanctions against Syria, which will differ from those taken against Libya.

Last week the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on Syrian President Bashar Assad to resign. The MEPs also demanded from Syrian authorities to immediately cease the use of force against demonstrators.

Mass riots began in Dera'a, a Syrian city, in mid March following the arrest of a group of schoolchildren who had written anti-government slogans on the walls. People appeared in the streets demanding the teenagers' release. Troops entered the city to suppress anti-government protests, using tanks and artillery to disperse mass demonstrations.

According to the UN, more than 2,700 people were killed in Syria since the protests began more than six months ago. Syrian authorities say that altogether, about 1,400 died on both sides. Opposition demands the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad and his political transformation. The U.S. and E.U. urged Assad to resign.

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