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EU gets tough on 16 Syrians suspected in chemical weapons attacks

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said that the 16 will face travel bans and asset freezes

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Photo: Reuters

says the European Union will sanction 16 Syrians it is convinced are involved in chemical weapons attacks against civilians there, targeting military and scientific officials.

British Foreign Secretary said ahead of Monday's meeting of foreign affairs ministers that the 16 will face travel bans and asset freezes.

Johnson said "that shows the resolve of the and the rest of friends in Europe" in countering chemical attacks in

In May, the extended restrictive measures against by a year because of its continued aggression against its population. The 28-nation already has 240 people and 67 organisations in facing travel bans and asset freezes.

First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 16:47 IST