The US slapped new sanctions on Syria’s Bashar al-Assad regime, designating Assad’s adult son Hafez, State Department announced Wednesday.

“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,” State Secretary Mike Pompeo said in a statement. “Among today’s actions, we are also designating Bashar al-Assad’s adult son Hafez al-Assad …”

The designations are named the Hama and Maarat Al-Numan sanctions to remember the victims of two of the Assad regime’s most notorious atrocities, which occurred in 2011 and 2019. 

Scores of peaceful protesters were killed in Hama in 2011, while 42 people died in 2019 after the Syrian regime bombed a marketplace.

“We will continue to hold Bashar al-Assad and his regime accountable for their atrocities, while keeping the memory of their victims alive,” he said.

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