EU new sanctions target seven ministers of Bashar al Assad Cabinet

The European Union, EU, has imposed fresh sanctions on seven ministers of Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s government, Middle East Monitor (MEMO) reports.
The new round of sanctions brings the total number of individuals and entities around the Syrian leader to be targeted to 280 including business people and political figures.
The sanctions range from travel bans to asset freezes.
The European bloc and US administration have singled out the embattled Syrian leader and his entourage since 2011 after being accused of brutal crackdown on unarmed pro-democracy protestors.
The country has been since prevented from selling its oil, one of its core revenue generators.
In May, MEMO notes, the EU announced the renewal of its sanctions against Damascus and its affiliates despite the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

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