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The Trump administration hit Syria with new sanctions over the chemical weapon attack


The Trump administration announced new sanctions on Syria on Monday in response to the chemical attack carried out on civilians. 

The sanctions are part of a broader effort to cut off funding to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his government. Officials said the sanctions would primarily target weapons manufacturers.

The U.S. has sanctioned Syria in some form since 2004, when it was sanctioned for supporting terrorism, among other charges. 

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the sanctions would hit Syria's scientific centers.

Here's a clip of the announcement.

The deadly chemical weapon attack "crossed a lot of lines," Trump has said. He responded with an airstrike on a Syrian base that killed at least a dozen people.

Assad's government has denied involvement in the attack, despite mounting evidence that his regime was behind it.

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