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US sanctions 'Hezbollah's financial, armament facilitators'

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)
File photo shows the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah's fighters during a parade in the capital Beirut.

The United States has imposed sanctions on what it calls individuals and companies facilitating the Lebanese popular resistance group Hezbollah's financial and weapon procurement affairs.

The department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced the sanctions on Thursday, identifying the targets as two Lebanon-based individuals and two companies for supposedly providing financial services to Hezbollah.

The OFAC also slapped sanctions against an additional individual who it accused of involvement in facilitating weapons procurement for the group.

The office named some of the targeted individuals as Adel Mohamad Mansour, the alleged leader of a Hezbollah-run financial institution; Naser Hassan Neser, who the OFAC has accused of working with an entity that provided financial services to the group, and Hassan Khalil, who purportedly worked towards acquiring weapons on behalf of Hezbollah.

The two companies sanctioned on Thursday over allegedly providing financial services to Hezbollah were named as al-Khobara and Auditors.

Since its establishment in 1982, Hezbollah has been engaged in a determined struggle aimed at protecting Lebanon against plots that are hatched by the United States and the Israeli regime, which the resistance group considers to be behind almost all instances of instability and deadly violence in the region.

Hezbollah fought two major wars imposed by the Israeli regime on Lebanon in the 2000s, forcing Tel Aviv, which is Washington's most-treasured regional ally, into a humiliating retreat on both occasions.  

The group's hard-earned success in preserving Lebanon's sovereignty and territorial integrity has won it a deep-rooted foundation and popularity across the country's military and political spheres.

Since 2012, Hezbollah has also been contributing to regional stability by fighting rampant foreign-backed militancy and terrorism in neighboring Syria. 


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