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US Sanctions Target 'Hezbollah' Chief, Deputy, Other Officials and Entities

US Sanctions Target 'Hezbollah' Chief, Deputy, Other Officials and Entities

It came after the US Treasury Department and a number of Washington's Persian Gulf partners imposed additional sanctions on Hezbollah Secretary General Seyed Hassan Nasrallah and his deputy Sheikh Naim Qassem.

At the same time, the six Gulf members of the TFTC - Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates - declared sanctions on another nine individuals and firms part of or linked to Hezbollah that were already blacklisted by the US Treasury.

The Shura Council is Hezbollah's premier decision-making body responsible for religious, military, and strategic matters and asserts control over administrative, planning, and policy-making authorities.

In particular, the black list includes the leader of "Hezbollah" Hassan Nasrallah and Qassem, and several members of the Executive Committee of the group.

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The United States hit a raft of Hezbollah leaders with new sanctions on Wednesday in a crackdown carried out with the cooperation of Gulf states including Saudi Arabia and Qatar. It was the third round of sanctions announced by Washington since the United States pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal last week. As the Secretary General and head of the Shura Council, Nasrallah is Hezbollah's highest-ranking official and exercises direct command over Hezbollah's military and security apparatus as its supreme commander, including its involvement in the war in Syria.

In addition to Nasrallah and Qassem, the US also imposed sanctions on Mohammad Yazbek, Hussein al-Khalil and Ibrahim al-Amin al-Sayyid. They call the Shia group a terrorist organization.

In addition, TFTC Member States also designated the following key Hezbollah-affiliated individuals and entities: Talal Hamiyah, Ali Youssef Charara, Spectrum Group, Hasan Ebrahimi, Maher Trading, Hashem Safieddine, Adham Tabaja, Al-Inmaa Group, and Al-Inmaa Engineering and Contracting, all of whom were previously designated by the US. It is noted that the group is the faithful satellite of Iran, spreading the terrorist threat. TFTC member states introduced sanctions on the named individuals and companies, according to a U.S. Treasury statement. "The global community must remain vigilant against Iran's deceptive efforts to provide financial support to its terrorist proxies".


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