The Facebook page of the Al Bustan Association, a Syrian charity founded by sanctioned tycoon Rami Makhlouf, was removed this week, amid rumors that the influential organization is being co-opted by President al-Assad.
Facebook page of Al-Boustan Charity Association, once part of Rami Makhlouf's empire before his fall, is now no more; the association had also raised the ire of the US in 2017 for its alleged role in bolstering paramilitary forces supporting Assad pic.twitter.com/lCBfD6mF4p— Albin Szakola (@AlbinSzakola) September 8, 2020
An image showing the Assad-Makhlouf family tree.
Charities at the heart of Makhlouf-Assad feud
The feud between Rami #Makhlouf and his cousin Bashar al-#Assad is at the heart of a web that brings in marriage, class, money and #Syria's foundational politics. Its outcome could shape the country's future.— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) June 4, 2020
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