New Sanctions Against Hezbollah and All its Supporters?

Published July 21st, 2017 - 08:35 GMT
Hezbollah militant near Israel border. (AFP)
Hezbollah militant near Israel border. (AFP)

US lawmakers introduced legislation on Thursday to strengthen sanctions against the Hezbollah extremist group.

The proposed law, which is an amendment to existing sanctions, was introduced by Democrats and Republicans in both the House and the Senate, the Reuters news agency reported.

 

The revised sanctions would “bar anyone found to be supporting the group from entering the United States, require the president to report to Congress on whether Iranian financial institutions are facilitating its transactions and impose blocking sanctions on the group for criminal activities,” Reuters reported.

“These sanctions will severely limit Hezbollah’s financial network and transnational criminal activities, as well as crack down its backers, most importantly Iran,” said House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Ed Royce, a Republican from California and one of the authors of the legislation.

On Tuesday, the Israeli army released two videos which it said showed Hezbollah fighters operating in south Lebanon, which it is banned from doing under the UN resolution that ended the 2006 war.

On Wednesday US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused Hezbollah of amassing weapons and said the world must turn its attention to the actions of the powerful extremist group.

“Ambassador Haley expressed alarm over the build-up of weapons by Hezbollah, a situation that demands the international community’s attention to prevent the further escalation of regional tensions,” said a statement by the US mission.

She stressed that the international community must “apply more pressure on Hezbollah to disarm and cease its destabilizing behavior.”

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