GCC to take action against Hezbollah loyalists in Gulf

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The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) will take action against Hezbollah loyalists living in the GCC countries, a statement issued by the council said on Monday.

“The GCC will take measures against [those] in the GCC countries affiliated with Hezbollah in regards to their residencies as well as their financial and business transactions,” said the statement.

The Gulf countries condemned Hezbollah’s involvement in the Syrian crisis, which – according to the United Nations – has led to the death of at least 80,000 people since March 2011.

They said the militia's interference in the Syrian conflict shows Hezbollah’s “real nature and goals,” adding its behavior is illegitimate.

The statement called on the Lebanese government to “shoulder its responsibilities towards Hezbollah and [the party’s] illegal and inhumane behavior in Syria and the region.”

Lebanon has officially adopted a policy of disassociation in Syria’s conflict, however, the country is divided along sectarian lines that have been emphasized by the conflict in neighboring Syria.

While Hezbollah and its allies support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the western-backed March 14 opposition movement stands behind the revolt against Assad.

Fighters from Hezbollah -- supported by Iran -- publicly led a 17-day assault on the Syrian town of Qusayr near the Lebanese border that ended up with its recapture from the rebels last week.

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