WASHINGTON -- The US sanctioned five individuals and five entities in Syria for their support of the Syrian Government which has continued to attack civilian targets.
The sanctions primarily targeted those who have supported Rami Makhluf, a Syrian government insider and wealthy businessman.
"Rami Makhluf is a powerful Syrian businessman and regime insider who benefits from and aids corrupt Syrian regime officials," said a statement from the Treasury."
Maklhuf uses intimidation and his close ties to the Assad regime to obtain improper financial advantages at the expense of ordinary Syrians."
Muhammad Abbas, cousin of Makhluf, was sanctioned for acting on behalf of Makhluf and materially assisting and sponsoring support of goods to him.
Al-Ajnihah, a private Damascus based company, and Barly Off-Shore, a Lebanon-based front company, were designated for moving Makhluf's earnings out of Syria and being controlled by Abbas.
The Makhluf owned, Al-Bustan Charity, and its director, Samir Darwish, were designated for being behind Makhluf's "vast private network of militias and security-linked institutions."
Al-Bustan is a "prominent organization recruiting and mobilizing individuals to support and augment Syrian military forces," said the Treasury.
Makhluf's brothers and cousins to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, Ihab Makhluf and Iyad Makhluf, were designated for sponsoring or providing material support in support of Rami Makhluf.
Cham Islamic Bank was targeted for its support of the Syrian government as well.
Furthermore, Muhammed Bin-Muhammed Faris Quwaydir, was sanctioned for his work on behalf of the SSRC, the Syrian government agency responsible for development and production of non-conventional weapons.
Finally, the US targeted the Syrian Company for Information Technology (SCIT) for being owned or controlled by a previously designated entity, the Organization for Technological Industries (OTI), a subsidiary of the Syrian Ministry of Defense.
"As a result of today's action, any property or interest in property of the identified persons in the possession or control of US persons or within the United States must be blocked," the Treasury added.
Source: NAM News Network