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US imposes sanction on Syrian businessman having close ties with Bashar al-Assad

The United States has imposed sanctions on Syrian businessman Samer Foz and his family for close ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Washington accuses Samer Fron of making millions by developing properties on land seized from those who have fled the Syrian war.

US State Department said that the sanctions were slapped on Foz, his siblings Amer and Husen, and the family-owned Aman Holding, a company run by the Foz family from the coastal city of Latakia.

Foz-owned ASM International General Trading and its affiliates throughout the Middle East were also included in the sanctions.

The ASM is is involved in grain and sugar trade, and oil field operations.

“Samer Foz, his relatives, and his business empire have leveraged the atrocities of the Syrian conflict into a profit-generating enterprise,” Sigal Mandelker, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said in a statement.

The U.S. Treasury said it was also sanctioning Synergy SAL and BS Company, which have imported tens of thousands of metric tons of Iranian oil into Syria.