EU sanctions 4 Assad regime officials over chemical attacks

Orient Net 2017-03-21 08:06:00

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The European Union imposed on Monday sanctions against four senior Assad regime military officials accused of using chemical weapons on civilians, after Russia and China blocked similar attempt at the United Nations.

The four military officials will be banned from traveling to the European Union and will be unable to access any assets in the bloc or its banks, according to a statement by the European Union.

The names of the official were not known, but they will be named today.

The move is "in line with the EU’s policy to fight the proliferation and use of chemical weapons."

The EU measures put the number of sanctioned regime-affiliated individuals at 239, in addition to 67 companies. 

EU sanctions also include an oil embargo, restrictions on investments, a freeze of Assad regime’s central bank assets held in the EU and a ban on exports of equipment and technology that could be used against civilians.