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Do you think the Arab League's sanctions on Syria will be effective?

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 The seats of Syria's delegation to the Arab League sit empty.(Abdelhak/AFP/Getty)Updated Dec. 3: The Arab League has approved details of sanctions against Syria aimed at pressuring the regime to end its deadly eight-month crackdown on dissent.

Originally posted Nov. 27: The Arab League has voted to impose unprecedented economic sanctions against the Syrian government, in a bid to end a bloody eight-month crackdown against an anti-government uprising.

Qatari Foreign Minister Hamad bin Jassim said the sanctions include a freeze on assets and investments in Syria as well as a halt to dealings with the Syrian central bank.
The 22-nation body voted on the sanctions Sunday at the group's headquarters in Cairo, with 19 members in favour.

Syria is facing mounting international pressure to end the bloody crackdown on the uprising against President Bashar Assad that the United Nations says has killed more than 3,500 people.

The European Union and the United States have already imposed several rounds of sanctions against Assad and his regime, including a ban on the import of Syrian oil.

Still, there is widely held skepticism the Arab sanctions would actually succeed in pressuring the Syrian regime to end the violence. Many fear the uprising is pushing the country toward civil war.

Do you think the Arab League's sanctions will have an effect on the violence in Syria? Are they strong, or not strong enough? On the other hand, will the sanctions make the situation worse? Let us know in the comment section below.


(This survey is not scientific. Results are based on readers' responses.)

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