Six close allies of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – including his foreign minister – have been targeted with asset freezes and travel bans as part of fresh UK sanctions.

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced the action on the 10th anniversary of the Syrian uprising.

He said the sanctions were aimed at holding the Assad regime “to account for their wholesale assault on the very citizens they should be protecting”.

“The Assad regime has subjected the Syrian people to a decade of brutality for the temerity of demanding peaceful reform,” Mr Raab added.

The new sanctions are the first against the Syrian regime under the UK’s new post-Brexit sanctions regime.

There are already more than 350 sanctions listings in place related to the decade-long conflict in Syria.

(c) Sky News 2021: Syria: Close allies of Bashar al-Assad hit with freezes and travel bans under new UK sanctions

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