US, GULF states place sanc­tions on Hezbol­lah lead­er­ship

The Free Press Journal - - WORLD -

The United States and six Gulf Arab states an­nounced sanc­tions to­day on the lead­er­ship of Hezbol­lah, as Washington seeks to step up eco­nomic pres­sure on Iran and its al­lies in the re­gion.

The US and Saudi-led Ter­ror­ist Fi­nanc­ing and Tar­get­ing Cen­tre said the sanc­tions were aimed at Hezbol­lah’s Shura Coun­cil, the pow­er­ful Le­banese mili­tia’s de­ci­sion-mak­ing coun­cil, led by the Shi­ite group’s sec­re­tary-gen­eral Has­san Nas­ral­lah.

Nas­ral­lah, Hezbol­lah Deputy Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Naim Qasim, and three other Shura Coun­cil mem­bers were listed un­der the joint sanc­tions, which aim at freez­ing vul­ner­a­ble as­sets of those named and block­ing their ac­cess to global fi­nan­cial net­works.

At the same time, the six Gulf mem­bers of the TFTC — Saudi Ara­bia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emi­rates — de­clared sanc­tions on an­other nine in­di­vid­u­als and firms linked to Hezbol­lah.

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