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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.

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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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