On Tuesday, May 11, 2021, the United States called on the world's governments to take action against the Iranian-backed Lebanese Hezbollah group, while the US Treasury today imposed sanctions on seven Lebanese that it said were linked to Hezbollah and its financial institution (Al-Qard al-Hassan). </p><div> <p>"The threat that Hezbollah poses to the United States and our allies and interests in the Middle East and the world requires countries around the world to take steps to restrict its activities and disrupt its facilitation networks," US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a statement regarding action against the group, which Washington has designated a terrorist organization.
The Treasury Department stated in a statement that it blacklisted Ibrahim Ali Daher, the official in charge of the central financial unit of Hezbollah, and classified him as a global terrorist, and accused him of working for Hezbollah.
The United States also imposed sanctions on six others associated with the Qard Hassan Foundation, including a man it said was the financial director Ahmed Muhammad Yazbek in addition to Abbas Hassan Gharib, Wahid Mahmoud Sbeity, Mustafa Habib Harb, Izzat Yusef Aker and Hassan Shehadeh Othman.
The ministry accused the six men of using personal accounts in Lebanese banks as a cover to avoid penalties imposed on Al-Qard Al-Hassan and transferring $ 500 million on behalf of a company listed on the US blacklist. Hezbollah officials did not immediately comment.
Under Tuesday’s procedure, any US assets of those who have been sanctioned will be frozen and Americans are generally banned from doing business with them. Those involved in certain dealings with the targeted individuals also face the possibility of secondary penalties.
“Hezbollah continues to abuse the Lebanese financial sector and dry up Lebanon’s financial resources at an already difficult time,” Andrea Gatsky, director of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, said in a statement.