The European Union has rejected appeals from two Syrian businessmen to be removed from its sanctions lists, including one figure who had already been delisted by the EU Council, sending a confusing signal for other sanctioned individuals seeking to cut regime ties in exchange for relief from sanctions.
The rapidly rising cost of living in Syria and widespread frustration with the government’s inability to halt the deteriorating conditions have led to some surprising—if still limited—displays of discontent in recent weeks, including critical posts on social media and even small demonstrations.
Positive cases of Covid-19 recorded in Syria reached 42,362 this week, up from 40,369 a week earlier, while Jordanian authorities started to administer free vaccines to Syrian refugees in the country.
The total positive cases of Covid-19 recorded across Syria rose to 41,521 over the past week, up from 40,369 last week. The government took no new containment measures, even as neighbouring Lebanon implemented a strict lockdown.
The Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF), an opposition-affiliated fund which finances projects outside government control, said it has received about EUR 19 million in new funding to support programmes in areas retaken from the Islamic State militant group.
Positive cases of Covid-19 in Syria continued to rise in the first week of the new year, with the total number confirmed across the country reaching 40,369, up from 39,329 last week, and 37,633 two weeks ago. An opposition NGO meanwhile listed the names of more than 170 doctors it said had died from the disease this year.
The United States blacklisted the Central Bank of Syria at the end of last year, adding pressure on the Syrian government as it tries to maintain its fractured economy.
A second bonus was granted to Syrian state employees, pensioners, and the military for the year 2020, drawing on savings from reductions in subsidy programmes, according to government officials. It came two months after the issuance of a similar bonus.
Syria is negotiating with Russia to obtain the Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, an official said this week, while the number of cases across the country continued to rise steadily.
Nader Qalei has been acquitted of charges that he had violated Canada’s economic sanctions against Syria, according to Canadian media.
The number of positive Covid-19 cases is continuing to rise across Syria, putting strain on a poorly equipped healthcare system in opposition-held areas. In government-controlled territory, authorities took new measures to control the spread, but schools remained open despite appeals from parents and advisers to close them.
The number of Syrians infected by Covid-19 has increased to 33,273, according to official data. Across the country, the number of cases continues to rise, with the northwest being the most severely affected.
The number of positive Covid-19 cases continued to rise this week, reaching 30,920 cases across the country, up from 28,484 last week. A leading family in Suweida in southern Syria meanwhile refused to welcome a government delegation over the failure to control the pandemic and closed schools in a local village without a government order.
Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has ratified an amendment to an Iranian credit line worth USD 1 billion, removing the final barriers to the long-delayed deal and further cementing Tehran’s economic and political influence in the country.
Taiwan will donate USD 500,000 for educational programmes in north-eastern Syria, according to Taiwanese media, in an unusual step given its generally limited engagement with Syria.
An opposition-affiliated fund financing projects in areas outside government control is launching new projects worth EUR 8 million in northern Syria, including in the agriculture and electricity sectors.
Following a rapid spread of the Covid-19 pandemic in opposition-held parts of Syria, authorities in the country’s northeast have imposed a full lockdown for ten days to try to slow the virus’s advance.
The Syrian government said it will barter key food commodities with Tehran as difficulties with sanctions and foreign currency shortages disrupt the country’s ability to secure vital imports.
The coronavirus pandemic has continued to spread rapidly in Syria, with opposition-controlled parts of Idlib and the Aleppo countryside particularly hard hit.
Russia has allocated over USD 1 billion to restore Syria’s power network and carry out reconstruction work in other sectors, officials said at a conference in Damascus, the largest financial assistance that Moscow has proposed since the start of the crisis.