US, Qatar impose sanctions on seven Hezbollah supporters

The United States and Qatar have jointly imposed sanctions on seven people who support the financial network of the Islamic political party and the militant group Hezbollah in the Arabian Peninsula.

The U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement Wednesday that three Qatari nationals — Ali Reda Hassan Al Banai, Ali Reda Al Qassabi Lari and Abd Al Muayyid AL Banaiare — were among seven people identified as Specially Designated Persons. Global Terrorists (“Specially Designated Global Terrorists”) for providing material and financial support to Hezbollah.

Treasury official Andrea Gacki accused Hezbollah of seeking to “abuse the international financial system by developing a global network of financiers to fill its coffers and support the group’s terrorist activities.”

“The cross-border nature of Hezbollah’s financial network underscores the importance of our continued cooperation with international partners, such as the Qatari government, to protect America and the international financial system from abuse by terrorists,” Gacki added in the statement.

Menlu AS Antony Blinken

Menlu AS Antony Blinken

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the Treasury’s action was “one of the most significant joint actions” the United States has taken with members of the Gulf Cooperation Council, and he called on other countries to also target Hezbollah.

The Treasury statement said the sanctions freeze any assets held in America and prohibit ordinary Americans from doing business with them.

There was no immediate comment from Hezbollah, which America and several other Western countries consider a terrorist group. [em/jm]

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