US Expands Sanctions List on Syria: Treasury Department

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The US Department of Treasury (DoT) has updated the list of sanctions targeting Syrian entities and individuals, a DoT statement released Thursday said.

UNITED NATIONS, October 16 (RIA Novosti) – The US Department of Treasury (DoT) has updated the list of sanctions targeting Syrian entities and individuals, a DoT statement released Thursday said.

According to the statement, the assets of 6 individuals, including one Russian national, along with seven Syrian companies, are now blocked, "prohibiting US persons to have financial transactions with them".

The Russian national included in the list is identified by DoT as 75-year-old Issa Al-Zeidi, who currently holds a Russian Federation passport.

Syrian Brigadier General Qusay Mihoub, Syrian Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Khodr Orfali and Minister of Industry Kamal Eddin Tuma are also included in the updated list, as well as four Syrian banks, two Cyprus firms and one Lebanese entity.

The financial sanctions on Syria were imposed by US President Barack Obama in 2011.

The measures were administered by the US Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), which sanctioned Syrian individuals and entities for involvement in proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, association with al-Qaeda, the Taliban or Osama bin Laden, destabilizing activities in Iraq and Lebanon, or benefiting from public corruption.

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