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EU adds 2 Syrian ministers to sanctions list

The European Union announced yesterday that two Syrian ministers have been added to its sanctions list in view of the gravity of the situation in the country.

A statement issued by the European Commission said the council has taken restrictive measures against the new Syrian Minister of Industry, Mohammad Mazen Ali Yusuf, and the new Minister of Information, Emad Abdullah Sarah, for their role in supporting the regime in causing the humanitarian crisis in the country.

Taking the two new ministers in to account, the total number of people on the EU's list of restrictive measures increases to 257 people. The bloc also froze the assets of 67 entities for their involvement in repressing the Syrian people and for supporting or benefiting from the Syrian regime.

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad appointed the two ministers earlier this January.

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