The United States has imposed sanctions on two officers from the Iran-backed Shi’ite Islamist group Hezbollah, the United States treasury division mentioned.
Nabil Qaouk, a member of the group’s government council, and Hassan al-Baghdadi have been each designated “for being leaders or officials” of Hezbollah.
The US treasury mentioned they have been members of a council liable for electing its highest decision-making physique, the Shura Council, “which formulates policy and asserts control over all aspects of (Hezbollah’s) activities, including its military activities”.
First based throughout the 1975-90 Lebanese Civil War by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Hezbollah has additionally been designated a terrorist organisation by the United States, which has sanctioned a number of Hezbollah members, together with its chief and deputy chief.
The motion freezes any US belongings of these on designated. The Treasury mentioned that people who have interaction in sure transactions with these on the blacklist are additionally susceptible to being hit with secondary sanctions.