title: 'EU puts military Hezbollah on terrorist list' published: true publish_date: '31-08-2016 14:56' taxonomy: category:
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The European Union has voted unanimously to impose sanctions on the military wing of the Lebanese group Hezbollah. VoR's Scott Craig asked Yezid Sayyah of the Carnegie Middle East Centre in Beirut, about the potential impact of the move. The move will freeze any European assets held by Hezbolloah, as well as outlawing financial donations by European supporters. It would also bar EU diplomats from meeting with representatives of Hezbollah's military wing. Supporters of the move accuse Hezbollah of being behind an attack in the Bulgarian town of Bourgas last July, which killed five Israelis and their driver. Hezbollah denies the allegations. But critics say the move could further radicalise the group and add to instability in Lebanon. Countries where Hezbollah is blacklisted
- ISRAEL: In June 1989, the Israeli government decreed that Hezbollah is a terrorist organisation.
- THE UNITED STATES: Hezbollah has been on a US terror blacklist since October 1997 after a series of anti-American attacks, including the bombing of the US embassy and Marine barracks in Beirut in the 1980s.
- CANADA: In December 2002, the Canadian government announced it is adding the whole of Hezbollah to its terrorism blacklist. Up to then only the armed wing had been concerned. Membership in or support of Hezbollah could lead to up to 10 years' imprisonment.
- AUSTRALIA: Canberra listed Hezbollah's branch charged with "external security" as a terrorist group in 2003.
- BRITAIN: In July 2008, Britain moved to ban the entire military wing of Hezbollah. The interior ministry said it took the action because the branch supports militants in Iraq and Palestinian terror groups. London had already in 2001 banned the External Security Organisation, which it considers the fundamentalist group's "terrorist wing".
- THE NETHERLANDS: Prior to Monday's EU-wide decision, the Netherlands had been the only other member of the bloc to consider Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation. It had been pressing since 2004 for it to be placed on the EU's list of terrorist organisations in a bid to dry up its financing from Europe. (AFP)