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Canada Expands Syrian Sanctions List To Put Pressure On Bashar Assad

04/21/2017 10:54 EDT | Updated 04/21/2017 10:54 EDT

OTTAWA — Canada has expanded its Syrian sanctions list to include 17 high-ranking individuals in the Assad government and five entities linked to the use of chemical weapons.

They will now be subject to an asset freeze and a prohibition on having any dealings with them.

Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says this will put additional pressure on President Bashar Assad to stop attacks on his own people.

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Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada wants Assad's associates to know their war crimes will not be tolerated and that they will be held accountable. (Photo: Chris Wattie/Reuters)

She says Canada is committed to international efforts to find a way to end the Syrian civil war that has killed hundreds of thousands and sparked a refugee crisis.

Freeland says Canada wants Assad's associates to know their war crimes will not be tolerated and that they will be held accountable.

Canada is contributing more than $1.6 billion over the course of three years toward security, stabilization, and humanitarian and development assistance in response to the crises in Iraq and Syria and their impact on neighbouring countries.

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