The United States imposed sanctions on 13 organizations and six individuals as part of an ongoing campaign to exert economic pressure on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The US Treasury Department said on Wednesday that the blacklist included the head of the Syrian Central Bank, the head of the Syrian General Intelligence Agency and a Syrian businessman who is allegedly connected to the Assad government.
The Treasury Department also said the sanctions would freeze all assets in the US jurisdiction belonging to individuals and legal entities from the black list, as well as a ban on US citizens from doing business with them.
The Ministry of Finance said in a statement that individuals and legal entities were included in the sanctions list due to the fact that they are “key accomplices” of the Assad government.
“Those who continue to support Bashar al-Assad’s brutal regime further contribute to its corruption and human rights abuses,” said Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.
Assad began suppressing protests in the country in 2011, which led to a civil war, during which Iran and Russia supported Assad and the United States supported the opposition.
The ongoing civil war has forced millions of Syrians to leave the country, and even more people have been displaced from their homes in Syria.