The Saudi Arabian Interior Ministry on Friday designated and imposed sanctions on four companies and three Lebanese men as having links to the Shi’ite Muslim group Hezbollah.
1- Fadi Hussein Sarhan (Lebanese National). Place of birth: Kafr Kila. Date of birth 01/04/1961.
2- Adel Mohammed Sheri (Lebanese National). Place of birth: Beirut. Date of Birth: 03/10/1963.
3- Ali Hussein Ze’ater (Lebanese National). Place of birth: Lebanon. Date of Birth: 28/07/1967.
4- VATECH SARL.
5- LE-HUA ELECTORONIC FIELD CO.LIMITED.
6- AERO SKYONE CO.LIMITED
7- LABICO SAL OFFSHORE
The sanctions came under “the Saudi Law of Terrorism Crimes and Financing as well as the Royal Decree No. A/44, which targets terrorists and their supporters and whoever works with them or on behalf of them”, the ministry said in a statement carried by state news agency SPA.
Assets of these names will be frozen and citizens in the Kingdom will be banned from engaging in any transaction with them.
The kingdom reiterated its commitment to fighting the “terrorist activities of the so-called Hezbollah in all available means.”
“As long as Hezbollah spreads chaos, instability and conducts terrorist attacks as well as involves in criminal and illicit activities across the world, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia will continue to designate Hezbollah’s operatives, leaders and entities as terrorists and that sanctions shall be imposed on them as a result of this designation”, the statement further added.
Saudi Arabia last week suspended aid worth $3 billion to the Lebanese army over the Beirut government’s failure to sign up to statements condemning attacks on Saudi diplomatic missions in Iran.
In the following days, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar warned their citizens against visiting Lebanon. The UAE banned its citizens from traveling to Lebanon altogether, and drastically reduced the size of its diplomatic mission in Beirut.