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05-05-2021

The U.S. Department of Treasury has reached a USD 34,328 settlement with MoneyGram for apparent violations of sanctions programs, including transactions involving Syria it processed for two individuals.

05-05-2021

On April 15, pro-regime newspaper Al-Watan reported that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had taken over a building complex in the majority-Arab Al-Ghweiran neighbourhood in the southern part of the city of Hassakeh. The newspaper accused the SDF of expelling residents of the building complex so that they could expand a nearby US military base.

05-05-2021

Programming and development of phone and computer applications; contracting

28-04-2021

An agreement has been reached for the Russian navy to escort Iranian tankers into Syrian territorial waters, Russian media reported this week, after Israeli attacks disrupted Iranian shipments to Syria.

28-04-2021

Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad has legalised ride-hailing businesses as chronic fuel shortages strain the country’s public transportation system.

28-04-2021

In a leaked audio recording published by pro-opposition activists on social media, a militia commander loyal to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard in Daraa talked of reversing seizures of property owned by opposition sympathisers if they agree to join pro-Iran militias.

28-04-2021

Electrical products trading; spare parts trading; cloth trading; contracting

21-04-2021

Chinese technology giant Huawei has appointed new managers to its subsidiary in Syria, confirming its continued presence in the country despite reports it was considering quitting several years ago.

21-04-2021

The Ministry of Electricity has estimated the losses of the electricity sector since the beginning of the Syrian uprising at SYP 3 trillion, according to local media.

21-04-2021

The majority-Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) are preventing displaced residents from returning to the village of Kafr Naya in northern rural Aleppo governorate five years after capturing the village. Residents have been unable to return to their houses and farmland, some of which the YPG has reportedly handed out to its loyalists, members and leaders’ families. Remaining properties in the village were converted into military training sites, as well as offices for the Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD).

14-04-2021

Container traffic at Lattakia port fell by 25 percent last year, according to official data from the private-sector company managing the terminal, in an indication of how heavily the coronavirus pandemic has weighed on economic activity in Syria.

14-04-2021

The Syrian government has introduced a new real estate sales tax law in a bid to increase state revenue, compounding upward pressure on property prices that have already soared as a result of the steep depreciation of the Syrian pound.

14-04-2021

Building materials trading; electrical products trading; equipping of factories and plants; contracting

14-04-2021

Trading in computers and telecommunication devices; computer programming and repairs; contracting

14-04-2021

A group of four American Republican senators has challenged the United States’ support for a proposal by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that would allow member countries including Syria and Iran to tap into a USD 650 billion funding allocation.

14-04-2021

The Syrian government has inaugurated the first project in one of the country's designated real estate development areas after years of struggling to attract serious investment

12-04-2021

This 2,200-word factsheet provides a profile of the Commercial Bank of Syria, the country's largest lender, whose history goes back to the Ottoman Empire and which is now under western sanctions.

07-04-2021

The Aleppo City Council has demolished and removed more than 50 informally built properties in the Al-Maasraniyeh neighbourhood, in preparation for the completion of a youth housing project in the area. The project threatens the property rights of hundreds of former residents who have been displaced from the area due to the war.

07-04-2021

Disruptions to oil shipments from Iran, including the recent Suez Canal blockage, have intensified fuel shortages in Syria, paralysing the country’s public transportation system and stoking public anger.

07-04-2021

Donors pledged EUR 5.3 billion (USD 6.4 billion) towards humanitarian relief efforts for Syria at a recent conference -- a decrease on last year’s commitments and only around half the funds needed. As the conflict entered its second decade, most countries reduced funding, though both the European Union and Germany increased their contributions.

31-03-2021

A video published by pro-government media outlets in recent days appears to show live ammunition being fired at homes in the rural southern part of Aleppo governorate belonging to displaced people. The homes were reportedly converted into artillery, missile, and aerial practice targets under Russian military supervision.

31-03-2021

Syria's President Bashar Al-Assad has ratified a USD 13-million production sharing agreement (PSA) contract with Russian company Kapital LLC, further consolidating the dominance of Russian firms in the country’s oil and gas sector.

31-03-2021

The Syrian government has imposed a temporary ban on mobile phone imports to preserve scarce foreign currency reserves. The decision favours influential businessmen who imported large volumes before the ban.

31-03-2021

Trading of smart phones and electrical products 

24-03-2021

Syrian official media outlets reported in recent days that residents had “returned” to the majority-Turkmen town of Qastal Maaf in the countryside of Lattakia governorate. Despite the accompanying celebration attended by the governor of Lattakia and local Baath Party leaders, those who reportedly returned may not in fact be the town’s original residents.

24-03-2021

Building materials trading; export-import; contracting

17-03-2021

Prominent Syrian businessman Samer Foz is set to open the country’s largest sugar refinery next month as the country struggles to secure enough of the commodity.

17-03-2021

Eight years after capturing the town of Sbeineh in the countryside south of Damascus, security forces are still obstructing the return of displaced residents and restricting the rights of those who have been able to return.

10-03-2021

The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces seized control of three flour mills from the state-owned Syrian Grain Establishment (SGE) in the northeast of the country early last month, reflecting the growing strategic importance of the bread supply chain.

10-03-2021

Displaced Christian Syrians from the rural north of the Lattakia governorate are pressuring both the government and the church to allow them to return to their hometowns in regime-held areas that were retaken from the opposition in 2015. Regime forces and Iranian militias control these areas and allow residents to return only for short visits to check on their houses.

10-03-2021

Russia is attempting to purchase real estate in Aleppo’s Handarat Palestinian refugee camp through an allied Syrian-Palestinian militia, with the goal of converting the area into a military base at the northern entrance to the city.

10-03-2021

Syrians consumed an average of 4.4 kg of olive oil per capita in 2019, according to the International Olive Council, a global lobbying group.

10-03-2021

An Iranian delegation travelled to Damascus last week with the aim of enhancing technological ties between the two countries in a visit that included the signing of a deal for a new credit line.

10-03-2021

Shipping services; contracting

03-03-2021

Electrical products trading; building materials trading; contracting

03-03-2021

Electrical products trading; building materials trading; export-import

24-02-2021
The representatives of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Russian Federation and the Republic of Turkey as guarantors of the Astana format:

24-02-2021

The United States Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) said it has settled with U.S.-based cryptocurrency company BitPay over a violation of its sanctions on Syria and other countries.

24-02-2021

Iran’s MAPNA Group will repair and restore two of the five turbines at the Aleppo thermal power plant, according to state media reports. The EUR-124-million contract, signed with the government late last year, was widely covered in local media, but the contractor was not previously confirmed.

24-02-2021

The Russian company managing Syria's Tartous port has appointed a new manager, the fourth to serve in just two years, in another sign of the company’s struggles to calm the ongoing disputes with the company’s Syrian workers.