The European Union imposed sanctions on Monday (17 July) against another 16 high-ranking Syrian military officials and scientists for their role in the development and use of chemical weapons against civilians, the bloc said in a statement.
It said the persons include eight high-ranking military officials and eight scientists involved in chemical weapons proliferation and delivery. The EU had already imposed sanctions on high ranking Syrian officials, most recently on 4 March, for the use of chemical weapons.
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said in June that its fact-finding mission confirmed the banned nerve agent sarin had been used in northern Syria in April.
Edited by AmrMamdouh