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Saudi to deport Hezbollah sympathizers

Saudi Arabia said it would punish anyone who belongs to the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah

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Saudi Arabia on Sunday said it will deport anyone sympathizing with the Lebanese militant Hezbollah group after the Arab League declared the movement as “terrorist,” Al Arabiya News Channel reported.

An Interior Ministry statement carried by the state news agency SPA said that Saudis and expatriates would be subjected to “severe penalties” under the kingdom's regulations and anti-terrorism laws.

The Arab League on Friday formally branded Hezbollah a terrorist organization, a move that raises concerns of deepening divisions among Arab countries and ramps up the pressure on the Shiite group, which is fighting on the side of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria.

The Arab League’s decision followed the blacklisting of Hezbollah by Gulf states.