US Imposes Sanctions on Hezbollah's Leadership

Published May 17th, 2018 - 11:00 GMT
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah (AFP/File Photo)
Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah (AFP/File Photo)

The United States 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 the individuals and companies based on alleged support for terrorists or acts of terrorism.

“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.

The American sanctions freeze the listed entities’ assets that are in the U.S. or under the control of American people or businesses. They also prohibit U.S. citizens and organizations from certain dealings with the designees, and largely prevent them from accessing the U.S.-dominated international banking sector.

Nasrallah last year dismissed the prospect of tougher U.S. sanctions against his group.

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

The Trump administration has sought in recent days to choke off funding for Iran’s overseas operations, including its backing for Hezbollah, in what Washington says are its malign activities in the Middle East.

Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on Iran’s central bank governor and an Iraq-based bank for funneling millions of dollars on behalf of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard.

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

The Treasury promised Tuesday that it would re-impose other sanctions related to Iran’s central bank in August and November of this year.

 

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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