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US targets Nasrallah, deputy Qassem with sanctions

Middle East | 2018-05-17 02:14:23
US targets Nasrallah, deputy Qassem with sanctions
The United States on Wednesday imposed additional sanctions on Hezbollah's leadership, targeting five of its top officials, including Hezbollah Secretary-General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah and deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem.

In addition to Nasrallah and Qassem, the U.S. also imposed sanctions on Mohammad Yazbek, Hussein al-Khalil and Ibrahim al-Amin al-Sayyid.

The action was part of a coordinated push by the U.S.- and Saudi-led Terrorist Financing Targeting Center, which listed five additional Hezbollah members and four companies tied to the group who had already been named by the U.S. Treasury. TFTC member states introduced sanctions on the named individuals and companies, according to a U.S. Treasury statement.

The U.S., Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates targeted “members of Hizballah’s Shura Council [and] the primary decision-making body of Hizballah,” the statement said.

The statement added that OFAC and TFTC sanctioned Qassem, Yazbek, Khalil and Sayyed based on alleged support for terrorists or acts of terrorism.

It was the third round of sanctions announced by Washington since the United States pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal last week.

"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," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.
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