Wednesday, October 27, 2021

US, Qatar ban 7 people supporting Hezbollah

The US and Qatar have jointly approved seven individuals to support the financial network of the Islamic political party and terrorist group Hezbollah in the Arabian Peninsula.

The US Treasury Department said in a statement on Wednesday that Qatari nationals Ali Reda Hassan al-Banai, Ali Reda al-Qasabi Lari and Abd al-Muyyad al-Baniyre were among seven people who have been linked to Hezbollah financially or materially. were identified as specially designated global terrorists to provide support. .

Treasury Department official Andrea Gacki accused Hezbollah of attempting to “abuse the international financial system by developing a global network of financiers to replenish its coffers and support its terrorist activity.”

“The cross-border nature of this Hezbollah financial network underscores the importance of our continued cooperation with international partners such as the Government of Qatar to protect the US and international financial systems from terrorist abuse,” Gaki said in the statement.

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US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Treasury Department’s action is “one of the most important joint actions” the US has taken with a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and called on other countries to target Hezbollah as well.

The Treasury Department statement said the sanctions confiscate any US assets it targets and generally bar Americans from doing business with them.

There was no immediate comment from Hezbollah, which the US and many other Western countries consider a terrorist group.

The agency France-Presse and Reuters provided some information for this report.

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