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EU extends sanctions against Syria's Assad regime for a year

The European Union is prolonging sanctions against the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad. [Getty]

Date of publication: 17 May, 2019

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The EU is prolonging sanctions against the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad for a year due to its continued crackdown against civilians in the war-ravaged country.
The European Union is prolonging sanctions against the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad for a year due to its continued crackdown against civilians in the war-ravaged country.

EU headquarters said Friday that the 28-nation bloc decided to maintain its restrictive measures against the Syrian regime and its supporters as the repression of the civilian population continues.

Read more: Seven Syrian ministers added to EU sanctions list

It means that 270 people and 70 entities such as companies or organizations will have travel bans and asset freezes against them extended until June 1, 2020. 

The sanctions are due to alleged violence against civilians, benefiting from or supporting the regime, or being associated with people who do.

The EU has also imposed an oil embargo on Syria and bans equipment that could be used in a crackdown on Syrian civilians.

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