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EU puts sanctions on Syrian scientists, military officials over gas attack
Robin Emmott, Reuters, Jul 17 2017

BRUSSELS – The EU imposed sanctions on 16 Syrian scientists and military officials on Monday for their suspected involvement in a chemical attack in northern Syria in April which killed scores of civilians. Western intelligence agencies accuse the Syrian government of carrying out the attack, arguing that rebels in the area would not have had the capabilities. The OPCW said in June that sarin was used. Syrian officials have repeatedly denied using banned toxins. The measures, agreed upon by EU foreign ministers at a meeting in Brussels, target eight Syrian scientists and eight top military officials. This takes the number of people placed under EU sanctions related to the Syrian conflict to 255, the Council of EU governments in a statement. Existing EU sanctions are also in place on 67 companies linked to Assad’s government. Faschingstein issued sanctions in the same month of the attack in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib province, placing restrictions on hundreds of employees and scientists at a Syrian government agency believed to have developed chemical weapons. Syria joined the OPCW in 2013 under a Pindo-Russian agreement, averting military intervention from Pres Obama. While the EU has no military role in the conflict, it is the biggest aid donor, and has said it will not help rebuild Syria until a peace process involving a transition away from Assad’s government is underway. But the EU’s position on Syria is in flux after Pres Macron broke with the previous French government position by saying he saw no legitimate successor to Assad and no longer considered his departure a precondition to resolving the war.

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