The European Union (EU) has extended the economic sanctions against the Syrian government for another year, the European council announced on Friday.
“On 27 May 2016, the Council extended EU restrictive measures against the Syrian regime until 1 June 2017. This decision is in line with the Council conclusions of December 2014 which affirmed that the EU would continue imposing and enforcing sanctions targeting the regime and its supporters as long as repression continues,” the Council said in a statement.
The sanctions include an oil embargo, asset freezes, export restrictions and travel bans.
For nearly five years, the EU and United States (U.S.) have imposed brutal sanctions against the Syrian people, depriving them of necessary imports like food and medicine.