01-10-2016 06:27 PM Jerusalem Timing

GCC Blacklists Hezbollah as “Terrorist” Group

GCC Blacklists Hezbollah as “Terrorist” Group

Gulf monarchies on Wednesday blacklisted Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, as a “terrorist" group.

Gulf monarchies on Wednesday blacklisted Lebanese resistance movement, Hezbollah, as a “terrorist" group.

The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council took the action against Hezbollah members because of "hostile actions of the militia who recruit the young people (of the Gulf) for terrorist acts," GCC Secretary General Abdullatif al-Zayani said in a statement.

Gulf nations have taken a series of measures against Hezbollah since Saudi Arabia last month halted a $3 billion program funding French military supplies to Beirut.Gulf Cooperation Council

Announcing the military funding cut last month, a Saudi official said the kingdom had noticed "hostile Lebanese positions resulting from the stranglehold of Hezbollah on the state".

Riyadh would be conducting "a comprehensive review of its relations with the Lebanese republic", the unnamed official said.

On Tuesday, Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said that Saudi Arabia seeks to instigate "strife" between Shias and Sunnis in the region.

In a televised speech, his eminence said the Saudi propaganda against Hezbollah has led to a political conflict in Lebanon, urging Lebanese not to be intimidated by threats posed by Saudi Arabia and Israel.

Sayyed Nasrallah also denounced the Arab world’s silence in the face of Riyadh’s aggression on Yemen.