EU imposes new sanctions on Syrian officials

BRUSSELS — The European Union imposed new sanctions on eight officials in the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Friday, according to a press release issued by the Council of the European Union.

According to the statement, the sanctions include new officials in Assad regime when entered into government service in August.

The sanctioned officials include Minister of Oil Bassam Tama, Minister of Health Hassan al-Ghabash, Minister of Industry Ziad Sabbagh, and Minister of Agriculture Mohamed Hassan Qatana.

Also sanctioned were Electricity Minister Ghassan al-Zamel, Mohammed Fayez al-Barsha, Mohammed Samir Haddad, and Malol al-Hussein.

According to the EU statement, the reason for the sanctions is the officials’ participation in a regime that systematically oppresses its citizens and violates human rights.