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UAE central bank asks for Syria fund checks after sanctions

Lenders and financial institutions operating in the UAE have been asked by the central bank to start an investigation into any funds or investments by top Syrian officials, Alkhaleej Arabic daily has reported. The central bank called for an immediate "search for any accounts, deposits or investments' owned by the persons and institutions in question and for the central bank to be informed of any credit facilities, safe deposit boxes or financial transfers," the daily said.