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Oil sanctions 'could bankrupt Assad regime'

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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