The EU has added 4 people to its Syria sanctions list for “their role in the development and use of chemical weapons against the civilian population”.
The individuals include a high-ranking military official, Yusuf Ajeeb, and 3 scientists working at the Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC), Maher Sulaiman, Salam Tohme and Zuhair Fadhlun. SSCR is the government entity responsible for “developing and producing non-conventional weapons, including chemical weapons, and the missiles to deliver them” (it has been subject to EU sanctions since 1 December 2011). See Council Implementing Decision (CFSP) 2018/421 and Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2018/420. EU press release here, EU Notice here and UK OFSI Notice here.
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