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Syria denounces US sanctions

world Updated: May 19, 2011 16:34 IST
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Syria denounced on Thursday US sanctions imposed on President Bashar al-Assad and top aides, saying they were part of efforts by successive US administrations to impose their policies in the region, the official news agency said.

"The US measures are part of a series of sanctions imposed by successive US administrations against the Syrian people as part of a regional scheme, aimed primarily at serving Israel's interests," the SANA agency said.

"Any aggression against Syria is akin to US support for Israeli aggressions against Syria and the Arabs," it added.

The sanctions could only be explained as a bid by the United States to "prolong the crisis in Syria."