US to Impose New Tougher Sanctions on Assad

On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the US will impose new sanctions on Syrian President Bashar Al Assad and his government.

Clinton’s statement followed US President Barack Obama speech imposing new sanctions on Syria and calling on Assad to step down from power.

“This morning, President Obama called on Assad to step aside and announced the strongest set of sanctions to date targeting the Syrian Government. These sanctions include the energy sector to increase pressure on the regime. The transition to democracy in Syria has begun, and it's time for Assad to get out of the way,” she said.

The Syrian president has been condemned by international leaders, who have demanded that he should step down after the brutal crackdown on protestors by Syrian forces.

"For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for him to step aside and leave this transition to the Syrians themselves, and that is what we will continue to work to achieve," Clinton said.

According to human rights activist, nearly 1,900 civilians have been killed nationwide since the uprising began in mid-March.

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