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Syrian children receive treatment following a suspected gas attack in Khan Sheikhoun, a rebel-held town in the northwestern Syrian Idlib province, on Tuesday (AFP/Getty

Canada has announced new sanctions against the Syrian regime in response to the chemical attack that took place in Khan Sheikhoun, Idlib.

In a statement issued today, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland has said 27 high-ranking officials are now subject to an asset freeze and dealings prohibition.

The new sanctions against Syria for the April 4 chemical weapons attack, include freezing assets and banning transactions with senior leaders of the regime of despot Bashar al-Assad.

Assad, his family, government and the Syrian military hierarchy have long been the targets of sanctions.

Freeland says the new sanctions against key officials are part of Canada’s continued efforts to pressure the Assad regime to stop the violence against innocent children, women and men.

The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extended the sanctions to 27 additional high-ranking regime officials, said Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland.

“Last week’s chemical weapons attack in southern Idlib is a war crime and is unacceptable. Canada is working with its allies to end the war in Syria,” she said.