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Severe penalties for anyone backing Hezbollah: Saudi Arabia

Press TV – March 13, 2016

Saudi Arabia says those linked to the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah will be punished in accordance to anti-terrorism laws.

According to an Interior Ministry statement published by the state-run SPA news agency on Sunday, Saudi nationals and foreigners living in the kingdom will face “severe penalties” if they sympathize with, financially support, or harbor any of the group’s members.

“Any citizen or resident who supports, shows membership in the so-called Hezbollah, sympathizes with it or promotes it, makes donations to it or communicates with it or harbors anyone belonging to it will be subject to the stiff punishments provided by the rules and orders, including the terrorism crimes and its financing,” read the statement, adding that expatriates would also be deported.

Riyadh’s move appears to be part of the monarchy’s anti-Shia campaign, including a severe crackdown on nationals residing in Eastern Province. Last year, the kingdom executed prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, which drew widespread condemnation from rights groups and various states.

The Sunday announcement also follows recent decisions by pro-Saudi Arab factions, the Arab League and the [Persian] Gulf Cooperation Council, to brand Hezbollah as a “terrorist” group.

On Saturday, Hezbollah described such measures as a “declaration of aggression” by Riyadh, which is “putting pressure on others at the Arab foreign ministers meeting to do the same,” said Sheikh Naim Qassem, the deputy secretary general of the resistance movement.

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  1. Screw the House of Saud. May the sclerotic, dementia/AD-ridden royals find their demise…soonest, please.

    Viva Hezbollah! The REAL terrorists in your vicinity and farther afield are out to get you. I support you in your Lebanese patriotism and for your stalwart solidarity with the Palestinian people and their land! Viva Palestine! I, too, am a Palestinian!


    Comment by roberthstiver | March 14, 2016 | Reply

  2. The House of Saud are Jews. They are finally showing their colors. What is wrong with the people in Saudi Arabia? I thought they would rise up decades ago. I would think that the military would overthrow them.


    Comment by Frank | March 14, 2016 | Reply

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