Selin ATAY-DG- The United States has added new institutions and individuals to the list of sanctions it has imposed on the regime of Bashar al-Assad under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act

Under the Caesar Act, the United States has decided to impose sanctions on 13 institutions and 6 others, including the head of the Central Bank of Syria.

It said that people who provided financial assistance to Bashar al-Assad and institutions that did business together were included in the sanctions list.

In a written statement, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the sanctions were brought by Assad and Russia in connection with attacks on the resort of Armanaz in Idlib, on Syria's border with Turkey, which killed 40 civilians.

"As 3 years pass since the regime massacred Syrian civilians in the Syrian town of Armanaz, the United States will continue to use all its authority to target the financial situation of anyone who benefited or facilitated the Assad regime's abuse of the Syrian people, "  the Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.

A military photographer, known as  “Caesar", had received considerable attention for bravely sharing thousands of photos documenting torture in Assad's prisons. The Syrian photographer helped pass the Caesar Act against the persecution of the Assad regime by the US government.

The Caesar Syria Civil Protection Act, also known as the Caesar Act, was signed by U.S. President Donald Trump on December 21, 2019. The Caesar Act, which circled the Assad regime both economically and militarily, came into force on June 17, 2020.

Caesar's law provides for sanctions against firms and individuals who support the Assad regime. The law also includes Russian and Iranian entities that have helped Assad on the sanctions list.

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