EU sanc­tions

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

The Euro­pean Union on Mon­day im­posed sanc­tions against 16 more high-rank­ing mil­i­tary Syr­ian of­fi­cials and sci­en­tists over chem­i­cal weapons at­tacks on civil­ians, a state­ment said.

The move by the bloc’s for­eign min­is­ters brings to 255 peo­ple now fac­ing a travel ban and an as­sets freeze over Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad’s vi­o­lent crack­down on civil­ians dur­ing a fiveyear civil war.

“The EU added these 16 per­sons for their role in the devel­op­ment and use of chem­i­cal weapons against the civil­ian pop­u­la­tion,” an EU state­ment said.

The EU will re­lease the names of those hit by the sanc­tions on Tues­day, it said. The UN’s chem­i­cal watch­dog, the OPCW, last month con­cluded that sarin was used as a chem­i­cal weapon in the April 4 at­tack in the Syr­ian town of Khan Sheikhun that killed at least 87 peo­ple in­clud­ing chil­dren.

The sanc­tions de­ci­sion “shows the re­solve of the UK and the rest of our friends in Europe in deal­ing with those who are re­spon­si­ble for chem­i­cal weapons at­tacks,” Bri­tish For­eign Sec­re­tary Boris John­son told re­porters just be­fore the de­ci­sion was an­nounced.

Syria is al­ready sub­ject to an oil em­bargo, re­stric­tions on cer­tain in­vest­ments, a freeze of the as­sets of the Syr­ian cen­tral bank held in the EU, as well as ex­port re­stric­tions.

It also is un­der sanc­toins on equip­ment and tech­nol­ogy that might be

used for in­ter­nal re­pres­sion as well as on equip­ment and tech­nol­ogy for the mon­i­tor­ing or in­ter­cep­tion of in­ter­net or tele­phone com­mu­ni­ca­tions.

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