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September 16, 2013 10:31 am

Gulf Countries Meet to Coordinate Further Sanctions Against Hezbollah

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The flag of Hezbollah flies in Syria, where Hezbollah has become an active element in a civil war that has claimed the lives of 80,000 people. Photo: Hezbollah Flag/Wikimedia Commons.

Senior officials of the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) met Sunday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to coordinate new sanctions against Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror movement.

During the meeting the Council agreed “to develop mechanisms to monitor movements, financial transactions and business operations of Hezbollah,” said Bahraini Deputy Interior Minister Khaled Al-Absi, according to Arab News.

Al-Absi said two expert teams would be formed, one to “coordinate with central banks” and the second to review “legal, administrative and financial matters” linked to the sanctions.

In June, the GCC first announced it would impose sanctions on Hezbollah in response to the group’s role in supporting the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad in its ongoing civil war against rebel groups.

Al-Absi said the decision to impose the  new round of sanctions was taken “after the discovery in GCC states of several terrorist cells linked to the group.”

Hezbollah has faced continuing backlash for its role in the Syrian civil war, as well as carrying out a suicide attack on European soil in July, 2012, in Bulgaria, that left five Israeli nationals dead.

The military wing of Hezbollah was blacklisted by the European Union in July as a terrorist organization, a move that opened up further questions about the group’s future on the international stage, as Hezbollah itself makes no distinction between its political and military wings.

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  • Roberta E. Dzubow

    It is very positive that sanctions against this terrorist organization have begun. Let’s hope that they continue, grow, and are effective.

    I would like to see the spelling “Hezb’Allah” used all of the time. This will alert the uninformed about the connections that actually exist.

  • Roberta E. Dzubow

    I am glad to know that the Arab states and the EU have Sanctioned this terrorist group. We’ll see just what results will occur.

    I’d like to see the spelling Hezb’Allah used by everyone. It will give those who barely notice the connection that they don’t realize.

  • Plain Talk

    Why stop with sanctions solely against Hezbollah? Why not also condemn Iran and sanction them? The are the true orchestrators and financiers of terror for their puppet Syrian State.

    • cymbalak

      That’s a good start, Iran condemnation should came next

  • Mike

    What I hope for is that those Gulf people recognize Israel. The hate between Shiettis and Sonnis is since days Immemorial just after the time of Ali although Ali washed his hands for those people like Hizbollah. Hope Egypt will continue on the right track of eliminating those extremists Sonnis or otherwise.

    • Uzi lowenthal

      As the spectrum Davis group would sing : keep on hoping……..this is the Middle East ……

  • Sandy Brown

    Best thing to do. Just Nuke the Hezzies out of existence. End of. Simples, innit.

  • R

    It must drive Hezbollah absolutely nuts that, au contraire to their “ungodly” hopes, we Jews are still here, in force, with a country of our own in Israel. Hezbollah is still the recognized GARBAGE CAN OF HUMANITY – and everyone (you don’t have to be Jewish!) with half a grain of common sense, KNOWS IT!

    GARBAGE CAN MEMBERS…UNITE!!! Yiz smell terribul!!!