September 6, 2018: OFAC adds to Syria sanctions

Yesterday, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added the following persons: 

ABBAS, Yasir (a.k.a. ‘ABBAS, Yasir ‘Aziz); DOB 22 Aug 1978; nationality Syria; Gender Male (individual) [SYRIA]. 
 
AL-ALI, Adnan (a.k.a. AL ALI, Adnan; a.k.a. AL-‘ALI, ‘Adnan), Baniyas, Syria; DOB 17 Jun 1968; POB Lattakia, Syria; nationality Syria; Gender Male; Passport 6066827 (Syria) expires 09 Mar 2017 (individual) [SYRIA] (Linked To: ABAR PETROLEUM SERVICE SAL). 
 
AL-QATIRJI, Muhammad (a.k.a. AL-QATIRJI, Bara’; a.k.a. KATARJI, Bara’; a.k.a. KHATARJI, Bara Ahmad; a.k.a. KHATIRJI, Bara Ahmad; a.k.a. QATARJI, Abu al-Bara’; a.k.a. QATIRJI, Muhammad Bara’; a.k.a. QATIRJI, Muhammad Bara; a.k.a. QATIRJI, Muhammad Bara Ahmad Rushdi; a.k.a. QATRJI, Muhammad Nur al-Din; a.k.a. “Abu Bara”); DOB 10 Nov 1976; POB Raqqah; nationality Syria; Gender Male; National ID No. 11010046398 (Syria); Registration Number 11824466 (Syria) (individual) [SYRIA]. 
 
NASSER, Fadi Nabih (a.k.a. NASSER, Fadi), Nasser Building, Menchieh Area, Bourj Brajneh (Baabda), Lebanon; DOB 19 Nov 1963; nationality Lebanon; Gender Male; Passport RL2432659 (Lebanon) issued 22 Jan 2013 expires 22 Jan 2018; alt. Passport RL1239879 (Lebanon) expires 05 Mar 2013; Chairman of Nasco Polymers & Chemicals Co. Sal (Off-shore) (individual) [SYRIA] (Linked To: NASCO POLYMERS & CHEMICALS CO SAL (OFF-SHORE); Linked To: SYRIAN COMPANY FOR OIL TRANSPORT).

and entities: 

ABAR PETROLEUM SERVICE SAL (a.k.a. ABAR PETROLEUM SERVICE SAL (OFFSHORE); a.k.a. ABAR PETROLEUM SERVICES LTD SAL (OFFSHORE)), Azarieh Building, Block 03, 5th floor, Azarieh Street, Beirut, Lebanon [SYRIA]. 
 
AL-QATIRJI COMPANY (a.k.a. AL-SHAM AND AL-DARWISH COMPANY; a.k.a. KHATIRJI GROUP), Mazzah, Damascus, Syria [SYRIA]. 
 
INTERNATIONAL PIPELINE CONSTRUCTION FZE, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates [SYRIA] (Linked To: HESCO ENGINEERING & CONSTRUCTION CO). 
 
NASCO POLYMERS & CHEMICALS CO SAL (OFF-SHORE) (a.k.a. NASCO POLYMERS & CHEMICALS; a.k.a. NASCO POLYMERS AND CHEMICALS), 2nd Floor, Nasco Center, Unesco Street, Unesco Sector, Beirut, Lebanon; Postal Box 1800629, Beirut, Lebanon; 2nd Flr, Unesco Center, Verdun Street, Beirut, Lebanon; Website http://www.nascopolymers.com; Registration Number 1800629; International Maritime Organization No. (5777731) [SYRIA] (Linked To: SYRIAN COMPANY FOR OIL TRANSPORT). 
 
SONEX INVESTMENTS LTD. (a.k.a. SONEX INVESTMENTS LIMITED; a.k.a. SONNEX INVESTMENTS LTD.), P.O. Box 7191, Dubai, United Arab Emirates [SYRIA] (Linked To: SYRIAN COMPANY FOR OIL TRANSPORT).

to its Syrian sanctions program.

And the US State Department issued the following press release:

Media Note

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
September 6, 2018

 

Today, the United States imposed financial sanctions on four individuals and five entities that have facilitated weapons or fuel transfers, or provided other financial or material support, to the Assad regime in Syria.

The sanctioned individuals are Syrian nationals Yasir ‘Abas, Adnan Al-Ali, and Muhammad al-Qatirji, and Lebanese national Fadi Nasser. The sanctioned entities are the AL-Qatirji Company, which is based in Syria, Nasco Polymers and Chemicals, which is based in Lebanon, Abar Petroleum Service SAL, which is based in Lebanon, International Pipeline Construction FZE, which is based in the United Arab Emirates, and Sonex Investments Ltd., which is based in the United Arab Emirates.

As a result of today’s announcement, all of these individuals’ and entities’ assets within U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. individuals and entities are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

Today’s action shows that the United States will continue to take concrete and forceful action to cut off material support to the Assad regime and its supporters. The United States will continue to use all available mechanisms to isolate the Assad regime, a government which has systematically arrested, tortured, and murdered tens of thousands of Syrian civilians in response to their legitimate and nonviolent calls for their freedom, rights, and political reforms.

For further information, please see the Department of Treasury’s press release available here.

Links:

OFAC Notice

State Department Press Release

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