US Imposes New Sanctions Against Hezbollah

WASHINGTON — The administration of US President Donald Trump has imposed a new round of sanctions on Lebanese re­sistance movement Hezbollah targeting individuals and international organiza­tions that do business with the group.

Trump signed the sanctions legisla­tion – known as the Hezbollah Interna­tional Financing Prevention Amend­ments Act 2018 – against the resistance group on Thursday.

“Over the past year we have levied the highest sanctions ever imposed on Hez­bollah – in a single year, by far. Just a few moments ago, I signed legislation impos­ing even more hard-hitting sanctions on Hezbollah to further starve them of their funds. And they are starving for them,” Trump said during an event in Washing­ton, DC, that marked the 35th anniversary of an attack on US marine barracks in the Lebanese capital of Beirut.

Washington has for long accused Hez­bollah of being behind the 1983 bombing at­tack, in which 241 US Marines were killed.

“We will target, disrupt, and disman­tle their operational and financing net­works – of which they had plenty; they don’t have plenty now… and we will nev­er forget what they did to our Marines in Beirut,” Trump added.

The US president also used the attack to criticize Iran, claiming that the Islamic Re­public is “instrumental in founding Hezbol­lah,” and remains “its main patron today.”

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement that the sanc­tions “will further isolate Hezbollah from the international financial system and reduce its funding,” adding that “these sanctions will target foreign persons and government agencies that knowingly as­sist or support Hezbollah, and Hezbollah-affiliated networks.”

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