Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

US, Gulf allies sanction Hezbollah leaders

US, Gulf allies sanction Hezbollah leaders

Saudi Arabia, the United States and Gulf partners imposed additional sanctions on Lebanon's Hezbollah leadership on Wednesday, targeting its top two officials, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Naim Qassem.

"The TFTC again demonstrated its great value to worldwide security by disrupting Iran and Hezbollah's destabilizing influence in the region", said US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin in a statement.

The sanctions were imposed jointly by Washington and members of the so-called Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center (TFTC), including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The move came 10 days after Hezbollah gave a strong showing in Lebanon's elections, garnering enough seats in parliament to block any attempt by its political foes to make it disarm its militia, which rivals the Lebanese army in size and firepower.

Hezbollah's Shura Council was targeted according to a statement released by the U.S Treasury, "specifically Hasan Nasrallah, the Secretary-General" of the group. He is the current leader of the Judicial Council and has overseen a military command in central Lebanon that provides logistical and training support to "Hezbollah".

With an eye on Iran, the Trump administration and Arab states leveled sanctions against Hezbollah individuals and entities. "It is right that Israel fully supports".

In particular, the black list includes the leader of "Hezbollah" Hassan Nasrallah and Qassem, and several members of the Executive Committee of the group.

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 Revolutionary Guard. Since President Donald Trump announced the policy-shift on Iran, the USA has sanctioned the nation's central bank governor and an Iran-linked currency exchange network. They call the Shia group a terrorist organization.

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.

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

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