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Swiss freeze millions more in Syrian assets

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08:40 CEST+02:00

Switzerland has frozen another 20 million francs ($20.7 million) in assets belonging to members of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, a government spokesman said.

"In Switzerland, 20 million francs belonging to the entourage of the Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad have been blocked in recent weeks," Marie Avet, spokeswoman for the Swiss economics ministry, told newspaper NZZ am Sonntag.

This brings the total amount of Syrian assets frozen in Switzerland to about 70 million francs.

Switzerland has imposed sanctions including travel bans and asset freezes on some 127 members of Assad's regime and 40 companies and entities in protest at Damascus' violent crackdown on demonstrations.

On May 29th, Bern also declared the Syrian ambassador "persona non grata" amid international outrage over the Houla massacre, in which 108 people, including 49 children, were killed in the central Syrian town.

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