Obama signs into law tougher sanctions on Hezbollah

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The White House says President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation which imposes sanctions against banks that do business with the Hezbollah.

President Barack Obama has signed into law legislation that imposes tougher sanctions on the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, the White House says.

"This strong, bipartisan bill intensifies pressure” on the Hezbollah, a measure which “provides the administration additional tools with which to target Hezbollah’s financial lifeblood," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement on Friday.

“We continue to work with Congress in a bipartisan way to ensure that we maximize the tools available to us to thwart Hezbollah’s network at every turn, and we look forward to working together as we implement these new authorities,” Earnest added.

Obama approved the bill which was voted on unanimously by the US House of Representatives earlier this week.

On Wednesday, the House voted for the measure 422 to 0 following a unanimous one in the US Senate on November 17.

The bill imposes sanctions against banks that do business with the Hezbollah and targets the resistance movement’s television channel Al-Manar through attempts to cut the broadcast of satellite operators that air the channel's programs.

The bill also requires the White House to present reports to the Congress in regard to Hezbollah’s operations.

The US has accused the organization of committing “terrorism,” while Hezbollah fighters keep advancing against (Daesh) ISIL militants, originally trained and funded by the CIA in Jordan in 2012 to destabilize the government of Syrian President Basher al-Assad.


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