US, Gulf allies sanction Hezbollah leaders

Lester Mason
May 17, 2018

The US Treasury Department said four other individuals were also sanctioned, as was the group Daesh in the Greater Sahara, which was designated as a foreign terrorist organization.

Meanwhile, Saudi state news agency SPA reported that Saudi Arabia along with other members of the Gulf Cooperation Council had put 10 members of Hezbollah leadership on their terrorism lists.

The Shura Council is Hizbollah's supreme decision-making body responsible for religious, military, and strategic matters and asserts control over administrative, planning, and policy-making authorities.

The designation targeted Iran and Hezballah's "destabilizing influence in the region", said U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in the statement.

Supporters of Lebanon's Hezbollah terror movement parade with the party's flags and portraits of its leader Hassan Nasrallah through the streets of Baalbeck, in the eastern Bekaa valley, near the border with Syria, on general election day, May 6, 2018.

In addition, the other six TFTC member countries, namely Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, also designated the key Hezballah-affiliated individuals and entities, which have already been on the US blacklist.

Talal Hamiyah, Ali Youssef Charara, Spectrum Group, Hasan Ebrahimi, Maher Trading, Hashem Safieddine, Adham Tabaja, Al-Inmaa Group, and Al-Inmaa Engineering and Contracting were also included in the latest sanctions.

On Tuesday, the United States imposed sanctions on Iran's central bank governor and an Iraq-based bank for "moving millions of dollars" for Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard.

Coming after the Trump administration withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal on May 8, the US Treasury said Wednesdays actions are part of a efforts to go after "the totality of Iran's malign activities and regionally destabilizing behavior, including that of Hezbollah".

Last week, the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions against six individuals and three companies it said were funneling millions of dollars to the Revolutionary Guard's external arm, the Quds Force.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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