In response to his murders in the Syrian capital Damascus ten years ago, the US levied penalties against a Syrian military intelligence officer on Monday.
Amjad Yousef is charged with “coldly and deliberately” killing at least 41 unarmed individuals on April 16, 2013, in the city’s Tadamon area.
The designation was made just days before Syria’s war entered its twelfth year.
Amjad Yousef, a warrant officer in the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate, has been designated by the State Department “because to his involvement in egregious human rights violations, specifically extrajudicial killings,” according to a statement from Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
The State Department is “designating Amjad Yousef, a Warrant Officer in the Syrian Military Intelligence Directorate … due to his involvement in gross violations of human rights, namely extrajudicial killings,” said Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement.
Yousef, his wife Anan Wasouf, and their immediate family members are disqualified for entry into the United States as a result of today’s action, according to Blinken.
The senior diplomat mentioned the executions in a warning to other countries not to normalize relations with the Bashar al-Assad government “without sustained progress towards a political resolution.”
He said, “The United States urges on the Assad regime to stop all violations and abuses of human rights, including but not limited to extrajudicial executions, arbitrary detention, forced disappearances, and torture.