(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Treasury Department has announced new sanctions targeting the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad and its supporters, including Hezbollah — saying the group, which was already a designated terrorist organization, is playing an “integral role in the continued violence the Assad regime is inflicting on the Syrian population.”
Iran is also named as being an actor is supporting Assad by providing support to Hezbollah to train Syrian government troops and pro-Assad militias.
The U.S. State Department also announced that new sanctions will be imposed on Syria’s state-run oil company, Sytrol, for having provided gasoline to Iran.
“Though these sanctions are a direct result of Syria’s provision of gasoline to Iran, the United States views Iran’s broader support for the Assad regime as completely unjustifiable,” department spokesman Patrick Ventrell said in a written statement.
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Faith Karimi and Chuck Johnston, CNN
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