The Unites States, along with its allies in the Gulf, has announced new sanctions targeting top two Hezbollah officials in Lebanon, including its leader, Hassan Nasrallah.

Hassan Nasrallah

Hassan Nasrallah Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

The Unites States and its Persian Gulf allies on Wednesday imposed new sanctions on Hezbollah, targeting its top two officials – leader Hassan Nasrallah and deputy Naim Qassem.

The sanctions were imposed jointly by the US Treasury Department and seven Gulf nations that are part of the Terrorist Financing and Targeting Center (TFTC), including Saudi Arabia, Oman and Qatar.

“By targeting Hezbollah’s Shura Council, our nations collectively rejected the false distinction between a so-called ‘political wing’ and Hezbollah’s global terrorist plotting,” said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

“Under the dictates of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps-Quds Force (IRGC-QF), Secretary General and head of the Shura Council Hassan Nasrallah is prolonging the human suffering in Syria, fueling the violence in Iraq and Yemen, putting the Lebanese state and the Lebanese people at risk, and destabilizing the entire region,” he added.