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US imposes sanctions on Syria over chemical attack

The US has imposed sweeping sanctions on officials in a Syrian government agency in response to a suspected chemical attack earlier this month.

The treasury department ordered a freeze on all assets in the US of two hundred and seventy one employees of the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Centre.

The US believes it made the nerve agent that killed more than eighty people in the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun. Syria says the incident was a fabrication.

President Bashar al-Assad has accused the West of making up events in Khan Sheikhoun on fourth April so the US had an excuse to carry out missile strikes on the government’s Shayrat airbase, which took place a few days after the alleged attack.

In a statement on Monday, the treasury department said the two hundred and seventy one employees had been responsible for developing and producing non-conventional weapons and the means to deliver them.

The sanctions mean that American citizens will be forbidden from having any dealings with them.

Footage showed victims many of them children convulsing and foaming at the mouth.

More than 300,000 people have lost their lives and millions of people have been displaced since a peaceful uprising against President Assad six years ago turned into a full-scale civil war

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