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April 18, 2017

Canada expands sanctions against Syria due to chemical weapons attack

Global Affairs Canada declared about the introduction of new sanctions against the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad regime. 

The relevant statement was published on the website of Canadian Government. 

The special economic measures, including an asset freeze and dealings prohibition, cover 27 persons more from now on. 

“Today’s new sanctions against key officials are part of our continued efforts to increase pressure on the Assad regime to stop the violence against innocent children, women and men. Last week’s chemical weapons attack in southern Idlib is a war crime and is unacceptable. Canada is working with its allies to end the war in Syria and hold those responsible to account,” Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland said. 

The Government also noted that Canada is focused on the support of Syrian people and has already allocated $1.6 billion to efforts in provision of humanitarian assistance, security, stabilization and development in addition to the acceptance of over 40,000 Syrian refugees. 

It should be reminded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad declared that the information about the use of chemical weapons by his army was “100% fabricated.” 

The representative of the British Ministry of Defence stated that the samples from the bodies of the victims of the chemical attack in the Syrian town of Khan Shaykhun demonstrated positive result indicative of the content of sarin in them.