The United States Treasury has placed three members of Lebanese Shiite militia, Hezbollah, on terror blacklist for the first time. The sanction also included two of the group’s members of parliament.
A statement released on Tuesday said that all three politicians; MPs Amin Sherri and Muhammad Raad and security official, Wafic Safa, were sanctioned for “acting for or on behalf” of the group that last fought a war with Israel in 2006.
Hezbollah is connected to Iran, and has continued to help its campaign in Syria, fighting for President Bashar Al Assad.
The statement said the three were using their “privileged positions to facilitate Hezbollah’s malign agenda and do Iran’s bidding” in the Middle East.
“Hizballah uses its operatives in Lebanon’s parliament to manipulate institutions in support of the terrorist group’s financial and security interests, and to bolster Iran’s malign activities” said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury’s Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, using a different spelling for the group.
“Hizballah threatens the economic stability and security of Lebanon and the wider region, all at a cost to the Lebanese people. The United States will continue to support efforts of the Lebanese government to protect its institutions from exploitation by Iran and its terrorist proxies, and to secure a more peaceful and prosperous future for Lebanon,” the statement added.