Salary increases in the Syrian Kurdish region amid a currency crash

BEIRUT A local Kurdish-led authority controlled by US-backed fighters in the north of the country said Thursday that Syria's economy is more fragile, more than doubling its workers' salaries to cover the loss. To make the Syrian pound.

The day after the announcement, Washington issued new sanctions that put pressure on Syria's President Bashar Assad and his internal cycle of human rights violations in the country's nine-year civil war, with new economic and travel restrictions.

The Syrian Kurdish administration - known as the Autonomous Administration of Northern and Eastern Syria - said that since June 1, 150% of the salary applies to every employee who works for the local government. It did not give a number, but it is believed that the local authority employs thousands of civil servants.

The authority gave no details except to say that the action was in the "public interest."

On Wednesday, the U.S. State Department named the names of 39 Syrian men, including Assad, his wife and his family, military leaders and business officials. Many are already subject to US sanctions, but the punishments also target non-Syrians who do business with them.

The wage increase is aimed at protecting the purchasing power of the local population as Syrian pound pieces appear, as the sanctions have affected not only Assad-controlled areas but also the use of local currency in the Kurdish-led autonomous region.

Meanwhile, in the northwestern province of Idlib, the fortress of the last Syrian rebels, some have started using the Turkish lira instead of the Syrian pound.

At the beginning of the Syrian conflict in March 2011, the dollar was valued at $ 47. In recent weeks, the pound has dropped more than $ 3,000.

Caesar is the result of a law known as the Syria Civil Protection Act, in the name of the Syrian police who replaced thousands of photographs of US sanctions and harassment by the Assad government.

Shortly before the announcement of new US sanctions on Wednesday, Syria slashed its currency to 44% and announced a new official exchange rate for the pound.

Syria's troubled economy has plummeted, prices have risen and the pound has fallen in recent weeks, fearing sanctions will tear the country apart.

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