British officials have welcomed a United Nations decision to place four British jihadis fighting in Syria on a sanctions list.

Prime Minister David Cameron's office said Tuesday the action sends a clear message that may deter others from traveling to Syria to join the Islamic State group.

The British government had asked the U.N. to place the four fighters on the sanctions list. It was the first time since 2006 it had sought such action.

The U.N. acted Monday night to place Aqsa Mahmood, Nasser Ahmed Muthana, Omar Ali Hussain and Sally-Anne Frances Jones on the list.

British officials say this designation means they will face a global asset freeze and travel ban.