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Syria-go-round: Syria & Syria-related additions & removal

Today, OFAC added the following persons:

AL-ASSAD, Hafez (Arabic: حافظ الاسد) (a.k.a. ASSAD, Hafez), Syria; DOB 04 Dec 2001; POB Damascus, Syria; nationality Syria; Gender Male (individual) [SYRIA-EO13894] (Linked To: AL-ASSAD, Bashar). 
 
AL-ASSAD, Karam (Arabic: كرام الاسد) (a.k.a. ASSAD, Karam), Syria; DOB 1978; POB Qardaha, Syria; nationality Syria; Gender Male (individual) [SYRIA-EO13894] (Linked To: AL-ASSAD, Zuhair Tawfik). 
 
AL-ASSAD, Zuhair Tawfik (Arabic: زهير توفيق الاسد) (a.k.a. AL-ASSAD, Zuhair Tawfiq; a.k.a. AL-ASSAD, Zuheir Tawfiq; a.k.a. ASSAD, Zuhair), Syria; DOB 1958; POB Qardaha, Syria; nationality Syria; Gender Male (individual) [SYRIA-EO13894]. 
 
AL-QATTAN, Wassim Anwar (Arabic: وسيم انوار القطان) (a.k.a. AL-KATAN, Wassim Anouar; a.k.a. AL-KATTAN, Waseem; a.k.a. AL-KATTAN, Wasseem; a.k.a. AL-QATAN, Waseem; a.k.a. QATTAN, Waseem; a.k.a. QATTAN, Wasim), Damascus, Syria; DOB 04 Mar 1976; nationality Syria; Gender Male (individual) [SYRIA] [SYRIA-CAESAR]. 

and entities:

ADAM TRADING AND INVESTMENT LLC (Arabic: شركة ادم التجارة و الاستثمار), Damascus, Syria; Organization Established Date 25 Feb 2018; Organization Type: Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis [SYRIA] [SYRIA-CAESAR] (Linked To: AL-QATTAN, Wassim Anwar). 
 
AL-JALAA HOTEL (Arabic: فندق الجلاء) (a.k.a. AL-JALA’ HOTEL; a.k.a. AL-JALAA), Mazzeh Motorway, Damascus, Syria; Organization Type: Short term accommodation activities [SYRIA]. 
 
FIRST DIVISION OF THE SYRIAN ARAB ARMY (Arabic: الفرقة الأولى الجيش العربي السوري) (a.k.a. “1ST ARMORED DIVISION”; a.k.a. “FIRST ARMORED DIVISION” (Arabic: “الفرقة الأولى المدرعة“)), Syria [SYRIA-EO13894]. 
 
INTERSECTION LLC (Arabic: شركة نقطة تقاطع), Rural Damascus, Syria; Organization Established Date 11 Mar 2018; Organization Type: Construction of buildings [SYRIA] [SYRIA-CAESAR] (Linked To: AL-QATTAN, Wassim Anwar). 
 
LAROSA FURNITURE (Arabic: مفروشات لاروسا) (a.k.a. LAROSA FURNISHING), Damascus, Syria; Organization Type: Manufacture of furniture [SYRIA] (Linked To: AL-QATTAN, Wassim Anwar). 
 
MASSA PLAZA MALL (a.k.a. AL-MALIKI MALL (Arabic: مول المالكي); a.k.a. MALKI MALL), Malki District, Damascus, Syria [SYRIA]. 
 
MURUJ CHAM INVESTMENT AND TOURISM GROUP (a.k.a. MUROOJ AL-CHAM INVESTMENT AND TOURISM COMPANY (Arabic: شركة مروج الشام الاستثمار و السياحة); a.k.a. MUROOJ AL-CHAM INVESTMENT AND TOURISM GROUP), 1149 Main Street, Al-Saboura, Damascus, Syria; Organization Established Date 23 Jun 2015; Organization Type: Real estate activities on a fee or contract basis; alt. Organization Type: Construction of buildings [SYRIA] [SYRIA-CAESAR] (Linked To: AL-QATTAN, Wassim Anwar). 
 
QASIOUN MALL (Arabic: مول قاسيون) (a.k.a. QASIYUN MALL; a.k.a. QASSIOUN SHOPPING MALL), Barzeh District, Damascus, Syria [SYRIA]. 
 
WASSIM KATTAN LLC (a.k.a. “TWA LLC” (Arabic: “شركة تي دبلايو ا“); a.k.a. “WK LLC” (Arabic: “شركة دبليو ك“)), Rural Damascus, Syria; Organization Established Date 04 Jul 2019; Organization Type: Sale of motor vehicle parts and accessories [SYRIA] (Linked To: AL-QATTAN, Wassim Anwar). 
 
YALBAGHA COMPLEX (Arabic: مجمع يلبغا) (a.k.a. YALBUGHA COMPLEX; a.k.a. YALBUGHA REAL ESTATE COMPOUND), Damascus, Syria; Organization Type: Short term accommodation activities [SYRIA]. 

to the Syria or Syria-related sanctions program, and made the following de-listings (one guy, two listings):

HAMCHO, Sumaia Saber (Arabic: سعمية صابر حمشو) (a.k.a. HAMSHO, Somaya Saber), Doha, Qatar; DOB 16 Apr 1965; POB Damascus, Syria; nationality Syria; alt. nationality Qatar; Gender Female; Passport 01175686 (Qatar) (individual) [SYRIA-EO13894]. 
 
HAMSHO, Somaya Saber (a.k.a. HAMCHO, Sumaia Saber (Arabic: سعمية صابر حمشو)), Doha, Qatar; DOB 16 Apr 1965; POB Damascus, Syria; nationality Syria; alt. nationality Qatar; Gender Female; Passport 01175686 (Qatar) (individual) [SYRIA-EO13894]. 

and here’s State’s explanation:

Today, the State Department and Treasury Department continued the United States’ sanctions campaign against the Assad regime by releasing 14 new designations under the Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act and other authorities. This campaign began last month with the first round of Caesar Act designations.

We have named today’s tranche of designations the Hama and Maarat Al-Numan sanctions. These names are meant to memorialize the victims of two of the Assad regime’s most notorious atrocities, both of which occurred in this week in 2011 and 2019.  Nine years ago, Bashar al-Assad’s troops carried out a brutal siege of the city of Hama, killing scores of peaceful protesters in a shocking sign of what was to come.  One year ago, the Assad regime and its allies bombed a busy marketplace in Maarat Al-Numan, killing 42 innocent Syrians.

The Assad regime’s military has become a symbol of brutality, repression, and corruption. They have killed hundreds of thousands of civilians, detained and tortured peaceful protesters, and destroyed schools, hospitals, and markets without regard to human life. We are designating Zuhair Tawfiq al-Assad and the First Division of the Syrian Arab Army pursuant to E.O. 13894 Section 2(a)(i)(A), in addition to Zuhair Tawfiq al Assad’s adult son, Karam al-Assad, under Section 2(a)(ii).  Among today’s actions, we are also designating Bashar al-Assad’s adult son Hafez al-Assad pursuant to E.O. 13894 Section 2(a)(ii).   We will continue to hold Bashar al-Assad and his regime accountable for their atrocities, while keeping the memory of their victims alive.

It is time for Assad’s needless, brutal war to end.  This, above all, is what our sanctions campaign is meant to bring about. A political solution under UNSCR 2254 is the only credible path to the peace the Syrian people deserve.  The Caesar Act and other U.S. Syria sanctions are not intended to harm the Syrian people and do not target humanitarian assistance or hinder our stabilization activities in northeast Syria.  We will continue our humanitarian assistance through our international and Syrian partners, even in areas under the Assad regime’s control.  The United States has contributed more than $11.3 billion in humanitarian assistance since the start of the conflict and will continue to do so.

There must be accountability and justice for the victims of Hama, Maarat al-Numan, and of the Assad regime’s other war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Assad regime and those who support it have a simple choice: take irreversible steps toward a lasting political solution to end the Syrian conflict as called for by UNSCR 2254 or face new tranches of crippling sanctions.

Links:

OFAC Notice

State Department Press Release

Categories: Caesar Act updates OFAC Updates Sanctions Lists Syrian Sanctions Syrian-related sanctions

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