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Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 22:46
US imposes sanctions on Syrian individuals, entities
By Reuters
Wednesday, September 30, 2020, 22:46 By Reuters

A handout picture released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on August 12, 2020 shows Syrian President Bashar al-Assad addressing members of the People’s Assembly in Damascus. (PHOTO / AFP)

WASHINGTON - The United States on Wednesday blacklisted 13 entities and six individuals, including the governor of the Central Bank of Syria, in a fresh round of sanctions aimed at cutting off revenue for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government.

The US Treasury Department said in a statement that the sanctions targeted “key enablers” of Assad’s government, as Washington tries to push the Syrian government back to United Nations-led negotiations and broker an end to the country’s nearly decade-long civil war.

The move targeted the head of the Syrian General Intelligence Directorate and the governor of the Central Bank of Syria, as well as a Syrian businessman the Treasury said was connected to the Assad government

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The move targeted the head of the Syrian General Intelligence Directorate and the governor of the Central Bank of Syria, as well as a Syrian businessman the Treasury said was connected to the Assad government.

A crackdown by Assad on protesters in 2011 led to the civil war, with Iran and Russia backing the government and the United States supporting the opposition.

Millions of people have fled Syria and millions more have been internally displaced.

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