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The $738 billion-the Pentagon budget is adopted by the Senate of the legislature on Tuesday includes tough new sanctions against Syria, Iran and Russia for its alleged war crimes while in Syria almost decade long civil war.
The Caesar, the Syrian Civilian Protection Act of 2019, was votes from the GOP-majority Senate with a 86-6, authorized sanctions within six months on the Syrian government and all others “responsible for or complicit in human rights abuses against citizens of Syria or their family members.”
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The bill applies sanctions against supporters of Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s military efforts in the civil war, which includes Russia and Iran.
Muna Jondy, a Syrian-American immigration lawyer, told NPR she hopes that the sanctions brakes objectives of air attacks on hospitals and civilian.
“Fifty hospitals have been bombed since April of 2019,” she said. “There will be financial consequences.”
The bill is named after the code-name of a Syrian police officers documented torture victims in Syria before the outbreak of the war in the spring of 2011 to his defection from the country in 2013.
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The bill was immediately proposed after the officer’s testimony before the Congress, but not a dynamic of its own, which resulted in a number of previous attempts in part, by Rep. Eliot Engel of New York.
“We had adopted, never something so strongly in a law by the Congress,” said Rep. French Hill, R-Ark., one of the original co-sponsors of the Caesar Bill, met with the Syrian defector earlier this year. “[T]here is no doubt that an influence can have.”
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The bill now goes to President trump for the final approval.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.