Syria releases employees of under-fire tycoon Makhlouf

Authorities in war-torn Syria have released dozens of current and former employees of President Bashar al-Assad’s embattled billionaire cousin Rami Makhlouf, a war monitor said Friday.The 51-year-old businessman has been embroiled in a power struggle with the state since last year, when authorities seized control of his charity, Al-Bustan, and dissolved militias affiliated to him.Makhlouf, the head of Syria’s largest mobile operator Syriatel, in May accused security services of detaining employees to intimidate him into stepping away from his businesses.The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights,…

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