Saudi Arabia adds Hezbollah men to terrorist list

Saudi Arabia adds Hezbollah men to terrorist list

It came after the US Treasury Department and a number of Washington's Persian Gulf partners imposed additional sanctions on Hezbollah Secretary General Seyed Hassan Nasrallah and his deputy Sheikh Naim Qassem. TFTC member states introduced sanctions on the named individuals and companies, according to a U.S. Treasury statement.

The joint action came in partnership between the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and the seven member nations of the Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center (TFTC), which include Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The United States and six Gulf Arab states announced sanctions Wednesday on the leadership of Hezbollah, as Washington seeks to step up economic pressure on Iran and its allies in the region. It is comprised of 12 members who are tasked with making the group's tactical decisions and oversee its activities countrywide.

"By targeting "Hezbollah's" Shura Council, our nations collectively rejected the false distinction between a so-called "Political Wing" and "Hezbollah's" global terrorist plotting", said Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin.

The terror group is fighting in Syria alongside President Bashar Assad's military, and it has trained Iraqi Shiite militias which participated in retaking territory from the Islamic State group.

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Hezbollah was formed following the Israeli regime's invasion of Lebanon and the ensuing occupation of its southern parts in 1980s, and now constitutes Lebanon's de facto military power. "It is right that Israel fully supports".

Meanwhile, Iran's foreign minister on Thursday lashed out on Twitter at the USA and Saudi Arabia for imposing sanctions on leaders of its Lebanese ally Hezbollah.

Meanwhile, the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem has enraged the Palestinian Authority, as well as militant group Hamaz, which has ties to Iran and Hezbollah.

These designations follow U.S President Trump's decision last week to cease USA participation in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and to begin reimposing US nuclear-related sanctions on the Iranian regime.

"Under the dictates of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF), Secretary General and head of the Shura Council Hassan Nasrallah is prolonging the human suffering in Syria, fueling the violence in Iraq and Yemen, putting the Lebanese state and the Lebanese people at risk, and destabilizing the entire region".

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