BEIRUT- Syrian President Bashar al-Assad called on Tuesday for traders profiting from the collapse of the Syrian pound to be punished.

"It should be dealt with as a battle. If the citizen does not stand by state institutions in this war, the institutions will lose," he told the cabinet, in a video shared by his office.

(Reporting by Kinda Makieh in Damascus; Writing by Ellen Francis in Beirut; Editing by Kevin Liffey) ((;))