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Arab League sanctions on Syria 'a tough step'

27 November 2011 Last updated at 16:39 GMT

The Arab League has approved sanctions against Syria, including an asset freeze and an embargo on investments.

The move comes after months of anti-government protests in which the UN estimates about 3,500 people have died.

League foreign ministers adopted the unprecedented sanctions at a meeting in Cairo by a vote of 19 to three.

The BBC's Jon Leyne said the sanctions were a "tough step" against President Assad's government, which would have a significant economic impact.