The European Union imposed new sanctions against Syria

Patrice Gainsbourg
Julho 17, 2017

Mr Johnson said: "The 16 individuals sanctioned include military officers and chemical specialists responsible for abhorrent chemical weapons attacks on innocent men, women and children". The EU had already imposed restrictive measures on high ranking officials, most recently on 4 March 2017 for the use of chemical weapons. The sanctions issued by the organization now extend to 255 people who are prevented from traveling to European Union territory and whose assets have been frozen, along with 67 companies linked to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.

The April 4 attack in Khan Sheikhoun, in which 58 people were killed by what experts consider to be exposure to sarin, led to the US launch of 59 tomahawk missiles on the al-Shariat air base in Homs on April 6, blaming the Syrian government for the chemical attack - claims which Syria's leader denies.

The EU will release the names of those hit by the sanctions on Tuesday, it said.

It said the persons include eight high-ranking military officials and eight scientists involved in chemical weapons proliferation and delivery.

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They also kidnapped journalist Luis Olavarrieta , who was later found beaten in a medical center, according to The Guardian . The chief prosecutor's office confirmed Escot - who was a nurse - had been killed and four others wounded in the incident.

The sanctions decision "shows the resolve of the United Kingdom and the rest of our friends in Europe in dealing with those who are responsible for chemical weapons attacks", said the British foreign secretary, Boris Johnson. The Syrian leader called the incident a provocation to justify Washington's attack on the Syrian government's military airfield on April 6.

The EU is the biggest aid donor to the anti-government forces in Syria and has said it will not help rebuild Syria until a peace process involving a transition away from Assad's government is underway.

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 European Union, as well as export restrictions.

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