WRAPUP 2-Syria hit with Turkey sanctions, army losses mount

Wed Nov 30, 2011 10:46am GMT
 

* Largest trade partner Turkey halts credit, freezes assets

* Regional transport hub UAE to suspend flights

* UN rights forum to hold emergency session on Friday

* Turkey talks of "buffer zone" if refugees head for border

* 14 members of security forces buried (Updates throughout after Turkish sanctions imposed)

By Douglas Hamilton and Tulay Karadeniz

BEIRUT/ANKARA, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Syria's biggest trade partner Turkey suspended all financial credit dealings with it on Wednesday and froze its government's assets, joining the Arab League in isolating President Bashar al-Assad over his military crackdown on opponents.

The government of regional transport hub Dubai said airlines based in the United Arab Emirates would stop flying to Syria, part of a decisive break with Assad's government among countries in the Middle East after eight months of violence.

Syria held military funerals for 14 members of the army and security forces, marking the rising cost of its battle to smother a revolution inspired by uprisings across the Arab world that toppled the leaders of Tunisia, Egypt and Libya this year.   Continued...

 
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