Syria has claimed that a constitutional referendum held on Sunday was approved by close to 90% of voters, even as international reaction to its ongoing crackdown intensified, with the European Union announcing fresh sanctions against key regime figures.
Bloodshed continued in restive parts of the country on Monday. Activist groups said 124 people had been killed the day after the ballot, which had been hailed as a showpiece of reform in the rigidly controlled state. The death toll could not be independently verified.
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