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US says preparing economic sanctions against Syria after ‘chemical attack’

Syrian President Bashar al Assad has been accused of carrying out a chemical attack in Idlib province, in a strike that killed dozens including children and women.

world Updated: Apr 08, 2017 12:34 IST
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A man holds a Syrian flag during a rally in opposition to the US airstrikes in Syria, in Allentown, Pennsylvania.(AP Photo)

Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the US would soon impose additional sanctions on Syria, as part of a military, diplomatic and financial response to a chemical attack blamed on the regime.

“We will be announcing additional sanctions on Syria as part of our ongoing effort to stop this type of activity and emphasise how significant we view this,” Mnuchin said from Trump’s golf resort in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.

“We expect that they will continue to have an important effect on preventing people from doing business with them,” he added, without offering more details.

First Published: Apr 08, 2017 08:22 IST