US imposes sanctions on Hezbollah MPs for terror-related activities and doing ‘Iran’s bidding’
The US Treasury has placed three members of the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah on a sanctions blacklist for terror-related activity, including two members of the Lebanese Parliament and a security official responsible for coordinating between Hezbollah and Lebanon’s security agencies.
It said the three individuals were using their “privileged positions to facilitate Hezbollah’s malign agenda and do Iran’s bidding” in the Middle East.
A statement released on Tuesday said that all three individuals, MPs Amin Sherri, and Muhammad Raad and security official Wafic Safa, were sanctioned for “acting for or on behalf” of the group that last fought a war with Israel in 2006 and remains a key regional proxy of Iran, helping its campaign in Syria in favor of Bashar Al Assad.
It was the first time the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control had designated a member of Lebanon’s Parliament under a sanctions list that targets those accused by Washington of providing support to terrorist organizations.
The action bars U.S. citizens from dealing with the three individuals and blocks any assets they may hold in the United States. It also limits their ability to access the U.S. financial system.
In April, the Trump administration offered rewards of up to $10 million each for information that disrupts the finances of Lebanon’s Hezbollah terror group. The State and Treasury departments said the money will be paid to people who provide information such as the names of Hezbollah donors and financiers, bank records, customs receipts or evidence of real estate transactions.