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US widens sanctions on Syria

Oil well pumps are seen in the Rmeilane oil field in Syria's northerneastern Hasakeh province on July 15, 2015The United States widened sanctions on Syria on Monday, targeting individuals and entities it says are providing energy products used by the Assad regime in fighting its own people. The US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on seven entities and four individuals, and named seven vessels as blocked property. “Many of these entities are front companies that the Government of Syria and its supporters have used in an attempt to evade US and EU sanctions,” the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control said.

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