Report: Assad's brother to be hit by US sanctions

April 27, 2011 12:55

Maher Assad, brother of Syrian President Bashar Assad is likely to top the list of Syrian targets of US economic sanctions, Al Arabiya reported on Wednesday.

The sanctions, which Washington is considering, would freeze assets of Syrian officials in American banks, according to Al Arabiya. The US Treasury Department reportedly plans to release the list of officials to be hit by sanctions before Friday.

Assad's brother, commander of the Syrian Army's Fourth Division, is considered the second most powerful man in Syria.

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