The Arab League ordered a freeze on the assets of 19 Syrian officials, a ban on their travel and a reduction in flights to the nation as security forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad battled protesters and army defectors.
The European Union and the U.S. toughened sanctions against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government, while the United Nations said the estimated death toll from his crackdown on dissenters this year exceeds 4,000.
Gulfsands Petroleum Plc, a U.K. oil explorer working in Syria, suspended payments to a cousin of the country’s President Bashar al-Assad as Europe imposed sanctions on the regime after a state crackdown that has killed thousands.
Syriatel Mobile Telecom SA, one of two mobile operators in Syria, received approval to double its capital by offering one free share for each share held. The company made the announcement in a mobile-phone text message.