US sanctions 2 Lebanese politicians ally with Hezbollah

The US Treasury on Tuesday approved two former Lebanese cabinet ministers allied with the militant group Hezbollah in an unusual move against politicians close to the Iranian-backed group.

US sanctions 2 Lebanese politicians ally with Hezbollah

Approved officials include former Finance Minister Ali Hassan Khalil and former Works and Transport Minister Youssef Fenianos.

Khalil is a senior official in the Shiite Amal group, led by Speaker of Parliament Nabih Berri, and Fenianos is a member of the Christian Marada group, which is affiliated’ with Hezbollah and the Syrian government.

The US Treasury Secretary said Khalil and Fenianos "provided material support to Hezbollah and became involved in corruption."

US officials have warned that a new wave of sanctions would target Hezbollah allies, which Washington considers a terrorist organization.

The United States has targeted Hezbollah with sanctions for years, but this is the first time it has imposed sanctions on Amal and Marda officials who have close ties to Hezbollah.


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