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Oil sanctions 'could bankrupt Assad regime'

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According to opposition sources in Syria at least 34 people, including four children, have been shot dead during demonstrations against the Assad regime.

The BBC's Jim Muir gives a sense of what is happening in Syria. And Jonny West, founder of Open Oil, examines if sanctions against the country's oil exports might be an effective tool against its president.


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