Saudi Arabia sanctions men with Hezbollah ties

The Arab League formally branded Hezbollah, who fight alongside Bashar al-Assad in Syria, a terrorist organization. (AFP)

Saudi Arabia has designated two individuals as and one organization as 'terrorists' for links to Iran-backed Hezbollah activities.

Both individuals, Mohamed Al-Mohtar Falah Kallas and Hasan Hatem Jmaml Al-Din, hail from Lebanon. An organization named Glbal clen S.A.R.L – based in Baghdad, Iraq and Lebanon – was also named in a statement carried out by Saudi Press Agency.

“The Saudi government will continue to combat Hezbollah’s terrorist activities with all available tools and will continue to work with partners around the world to make it clear that Hezbollah’s militant and extremist activities should not be tolerated by any nation or organizations,” the statement read.

“As long as Hezbollah spreads instability, conducts terrorist attacks and engages in criminal and illicit activities around the world, we will continue to designate Hezbollah’s operatives, leaders and businesses and impose sanctions as a result of designation,” the government added.

The names sanctioned on Thursday were designated under the Saudi Law of Anti-Terrorism Crimes and it’s Financing Law, the Anti-Money Laundering Law, and the Royal Decree A/44, which targets extremists and their supporters.

The Arab League formally branded Hezbollah a “terrorist organization” in March, 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.

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