Syrian regime cancels several contracts with tycoon Rami Makhlouf: Document

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The Syrian government has canceled several business contracts with embattled tycoon Rami Makhlouf, a cousin of President Bashar al-Assad and a member of the regime’s inner circle, according to a new document seen by Al Arabiya.

According to the document, the Syrian regime stopped several of its contracts with the abandoned free-market zones of the Jdeidat Yabous area, a border region between Syria and Lebanon. It also canceled several contracts in the free zone areas of the Naseeb border region with Jordan, as well as the Bab al-Hawa border crossing with Turkey. Another contract regarding the Latakia port and one concerning a terminal at Damascus International Airport were canceled.

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Earlier this month, embattled Syrian businessman Makhlouf, who has claimed he is being unfairly targeted by the regime headed by his cousin Bashar al-Assad, described his situation as a “farce” and said that the coming days would be “decisive.”

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Makhlouf has been releasing Facebook posts in which he revealed new information surrounding his employees at Syriatel – Syria’s largest telecom provider and one of the central pillars of Makhlouf’s sprawling business empire.

He said at the time that he hoped there would be a "divine intervention that will shake the earth under the feet of the oppressors.”

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