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US, Qatar sanction individuals and entity linked to Hezbollah

Qatari and American authorities announced that a financial network and seven individuals were put on the sanction list due to their links with Hezbollah.

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According to a report issued by Qatar’s news agency (QNA) on Wednesday, Qatari authorities sanctioned a financial network and seven individuals. It was reported that Qatar’s Attorney General took the decision in accordance with the cooperation with the US.

A statement by the US Treasury Department which came later on Wednesday affirmed the QNA report. The statement announced that the US and Qatar authorities took joint action against a Hezbollah financial network in the Arabian Peninsula.

Ali Reda Hassan al-Banai, Ali Reda al-Qassabi Lari, and Abd al-Muayyid al-Banaiare were among the names that the Treasury Department listed as sanctioned due to their activities providing financial or material support to Hezbollah.

Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury, Andrea Gacki, said, “Hezbollah seeks to abuse the international financial system by developing global networks of financiers to fill its coffers and support its terrorist activity.”

“The cross-border nature of this Hezbollah financial network underscores the importance of our continued cooperation with international partners, such as the Government of Qatar, to protect the US and international financial systems from terrorist abuse.”

According to the statement on the department’s website, there are Qatari, Saudi, Bahraini, and Palestinian citizens among people who are added to the sanction list.

No more detail has been disclosed regarding the move.

Defining the move as “one of the most significant joint actions” that Washington has taken with its allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken called other administrations to target Hezbollah.

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