US imposes fresh sanctions on Syria, blacklists Assad's son

US imposes fresh sanctions on Syria, blacklists Assad's son

The United States on Wednesday 29th July, 2020, has imposed fresh financial sanctions on Syria and warned of blacklisting individuals in business with Syrian government, including Hafez, the son of Syrian President Bashar Assad. 

The sanctions imposed on Syria are aimed at depriving the Syrian government of funds and depriving it of business deals with others until President Bashar Assad's government supports a negotiated end to the country's nearly 10-year war.

Assad's son, Hafez, was among the 14 individuals blacklisted for funding the Syrian government's "campaign of terror".

Others included a Syrian businessman, nine entities, as well as the Syrian Arab army's first division unit, among others.

"The steady drumbeat of designations on persons and entities that support the Assad regime will continue until the regime and its associates cease obstructing a peaceful political resolution of the conflict" as called by the UN Security Council, a senior US official told reporters.

The sanctions, imposed under the Ceasar Syria Civilian Protection Act and other measures, come as the Syrian leader grapples with a deepening economic crisis after a decade of war.

The recent sanctions came as the second round of Ceasar Act meted out to Syria by Washington.

A US official said it was aimed at deterring bad actors who continue to aid and finance the Assad regime's atrocities against the Syrian people while simply enriching themselves.

"It is time for Assad's needless, brutal war to end. This, above all, is what our sanctions campaign is meant to bring about," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

As it stands, the US and European Union have imposed sanctions including frozen assets of Syrian government, hundreds of companies and individuals.

The sanctions include a total ban on exportation of American goods and products, including investment and transactions involving oil and hydrocarbon products.

The US sanctions also target those dealing with entities from Russia and Iran, which Washington believes are main partners of Assad's led government.

Syrian authorities blame Western sanctions for increasing hardship in Syria as economic hardship continues to bite harder on ordinary residents.