TORONTO (AP) -- Canada says it is imposing new sanctions against Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime, saying the leader's "disgusting" brand of violence must stop.
Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Friday that Canada is freezing Syrian government assets and prohibiting most trade with the country.
Canada's announcement comes after twin suicide car bomb blasts ripped through an upscale Damascus district Friday, killing at least 40 people. Baird called the violence "disgusting."
The United Nations says more than 5,000 Syrians have been killed by Assad forces during protests against his rule.
The blasts came a day after an advance team of Arab League observers arrived in the country.
Canada this month asked its citizens in Syria to leave.
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