Saudi Arabia has announced that it will severely punish anyone found to be a sympathizer of Hezbollah. In a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior, the government declared that both expatriates and citizens of the kingdom will face severe penalties if they support—or appear to belong to—the Lebanese group recently declared a “terrorist organization” by the Arab League.
Those who break the new law will face the harsh penalties which govern crimes relating to terrorism and its funding.
Any citizen or resident who promotes, donates to, communicates with, houses or hides any member of Hezbollah will face legal action.
Anybody found guilty will, according to the statement, also face deportation. It is not clear whether this only applies to expatriates, or if the kingdom somehow plans on deporting its own citizens.
The move comes at a time when tensions between Hezbollah and Sunni Arab states are increasing.
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