DAMASCUS/DOHA, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Arab League (AL) on Saturday approved new sanctions against high-ranking Syrian officials following a United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)'s resolution Friday.
The bans were in response to human rights violations in Damascus' alleged cracking down on anti-government protesters.
On Saturday, the AL ministerial committee gathered in the Qatari capital of Doha to review recommendations by its technical committee tasked with working out the final details of the sanctions on Syria.
The committee approved a travel ban for high-ranking Syrian officials including Deputy Defense Minister Assef Shawkat and a freeze of their assets, the Qatar news agency QNA reported.
It also decided to suspend the AL's cooperation with Syria's central bank, halting funding for projects in the country.
Also at the meeting, the ministers imposed an arms embargo on Syria and decided to reduce flights between Syria and other Arab countries by half starting Dec. 15.
Moreover, they asked Arab Red Crescent societies to draw up an emergency plan to meet the humanitarian needs of the Syrian people.
The committee said as President Bashar al-Assad had repeatedly ignored the AL's initiative to end the violence, it gave Damascus until Sunday to sign the initiative to end the violence.