US Sanctions Seven Lebanese Linked to Hezbollah

By VOA News*

A Hezbollah flag flutters in the southern Lebanese village of Khiam, near the border with Israel, Lebanon, July 28, 2020.

The United States has sanctioned seven Lebanese nationals it says are linked to the Iran-backed Hezbollah group, and its financial arm, Al-Qard al-Hassan (AQAH).

In a Treasury Department press release Tuesday, the seven were listed as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGT).

“From the highest levels of Hezbollah’s financial apparatus to working level individuals,” Hezbollah “continues to abuse the Lebanese financial sector and drain Lebanon’s financial resources at an already dire time,” said Andrea Gacki, the director of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control. She said such actions demonstrate Hezbollah’s “disregard for financial stability, transparency, or accountability in Lebanon.”

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