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Jobs’ ancestral home, Syria, bans iPhone

‘He must be turning in his grave’

Syria: Steve Jobs’ ancestral home of Syria has banned the iPhone as the under-pressure government looks to crackdown on pro-democracy activists. Ban comes as biological father of late Apple CEO voices support for Syrian pro-democracy protesters

Syrian president Bashar Assad is attempting to crush an eight-month-old revolt against his autocratic rule which has led to violent protests across the country and thousands of deaths.

It has now been reported that the government has outlawed the iPhone - which was created by Jobs as CEO of Apple - in a bid to prevent activists from using the popular device to post footage of violent protests on the internet.

The ban would no doubt anger Jobs’ biological father Abdulfattah John Jandali who is a native Syrian and recently came out in support of protesters in a YouTube video.

Meanwhile, Russia admits defying West by supplying cruise missiles to Syria as U.N. chief says country is in full-scale civil war. Pressure mounts on Syria as Turkey imposes touch sanctions in protest at crackdown on demonstrators According to Times Live, the Lebanese website Al Nashara, said the ban had been issued by the Customs Department of the Syrian Finance Ministry.. A statement by the department read: ‘The authorities warn anyone against using the iPhone in Syria.’

One Syrian activist, who wanted to remain anonymous, told the newspaper: ‘It is enough for any tourist or guest visiting Syria to own an iPhone to be a spy suspect.

‘Steve Jobs must be turning in his grave on learning that his iconic device is banned in his home country.’

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