The blacklist includes 13 organizations and six people who are “key collaborators” of the Assad regime.
The US has imposed sanctions on 13 organizations and six individuals as part of an ongoing campaign to put economic pressure on the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
The US Treasury Department said that the head of the Central Bank of Syria, the head of the Syrian General Intelligence Agency, and a Syrian businessman allegedly linked to the Assad government were blacklisted.
The Treasury Department also said that the sanctions provide for the freezing of all assets under US jurisdiction belonging to individuals and legal entities from the blacklist and a ban on US citizens from doing business with them.
In a statement, the Ministry of Finance said that individuals and businesses were included in the sanctions list because they are “key collaborators” of the Assad government.
“Those who continue to support the brutal regime of Bashar al – Assad are further contributing to its corruption and human rights violations,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said.
Assad launched a crackdown on protests in the country in 2011, which led to a civil war in which Iran and Russia supported Assad, and the US-backed the opposition.
The ongoing civil war has forced millions of Syrians to flee the country, and many more have been forced to leave their homes in Syria.