Syria’s Assad says new US sanctions are part of drive to ‘choke’ Syrians | The Daily Star
10:53 PM, August 12, 2020 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:01 PM, August 12, 2020

Syria’s Assad says new US sanctions are part of drive to ‘choke’ Syrians

Syrian President Bashar al Assad said on Wednesday that sweeping new US sanctions amounted to a new stage of economic warfare against his government and were part of Washington's long- standing efforts to "choke" Syrians' living standards.

In a statement, Assad also blamed the sanctions, known as the Caesar Act, for a fall in the local currency to new record lows, with panic buying of dollars by Syrians worried about their economic situation.

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