US hits Syria with new sanctions

2017-05-16 23:00
Syrian government forces inspect a building in Damascus. (Louai Beshara, AFP)

Syrian government forces inspect a building in Damascus. (Louai Beshara, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Washington - The Trump administration has hit a new group of Syrian people and companies with sanctions over human rights abuses. Among those named are cousins of President Bashar Assad.

The Treasury Department announced on Tuesday it has frozen any assets that five Syrian people and five Syrian companies may have in US jurisdictions and has barred Americans from conducting any financial transactions with them. The department said in a statement the sanctions were due to Syria's "relentless attacks on civilians".

The announcement comes a day after the administration accused Syria of killing thousands of detainees at a military prison and cremating their remains to hide the scale of the killing.

Among those affected by Tuesday's sanctions are Assad cousins Ihab Makhluf and Iyad Makhluf, their family's al-Bustan Charity and the Cham Islamic Bank.

Read more on:    donald trump  |  us  |  syria conflict  |  human rights

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.