The EU has agreed to ban imports of Syrian oil worth €11m a day in a move that will significantly step up economic pressure on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
The sanctions will deprive the regime of a vital source of revenue as European countries buy 95pc of Syria's crude oil, amounting to 148,000 barrels a day.
EU foreign ministers met in Poland to discuss a further push for a UN Security Council resolution setting out wider international sanctions and discussed plans to develop contacts with the Syrian opposition.
Syrian protesters held rallies under the slogan of "death rather than humiliation" after Friday prayers yesterday. (© Daily Telegraph, London)