Israel’s Defense Minister, Benny Gantz, signed this Sunday an order of administrative seizure of three Lebanese companies that supply supplies to the Hezbollah terrorist group for the construction of its precision missile launch system.
The companies on which Israel issued that embargo order are Toufali, Moubayed and Barakat, which trade machines, oil and ventilation apparatus that are required for the production of Hezbollah’s precision missile project, the Defense Ministry said in a statement.
It is the second time in recent months that Defense has issued a similar order aimed at “undermine Hezbollah’s precision project”, after the one signed last August against another Lebanese firm.
The seizure order means that the companies will be blacklisted in global financial systems, making it very difficult for them to continue operating.
”Hezbollah is endangering the citizens of Lebanon and the state of Lebanon. We will continue to offer humanitarian aid to citizens and act resolutely in the face of the Iranian precision project that operates from the heart of Lebanon.”Gantz said.
The Minister of Defense indicated last week that Israel has offered the Lebanese Army help up to four times in recent months to strengthen them against Hezbollah, although this help was rejected, since Israel and Lebanon do not maintain diplomatic relations and are technically still at war. since 2006.
”Hezbollah, with the support of Iran, is undermining the ability to stabilize Lebanon. Israel will continue to reach out to the Lebanese people and offer humanitarian aid, while undermining attempts to introduce advanced weapons that will endanger its citizens,” the Israeli minister stressed.
The United States Department of the Treasury announced on January 18 sanctions against three businessmen and their travel company for acting as financiers of the terrorist group Hezbollah.
In a statement, the US Treasury identified those sanctioned as Adel Diab, Ali Mohamad Daoun, Jihad Salem Alame and the travel and tourism company they own, Dar Al Salam.
The Treasury Department explained that other of those sanctioned are Adnan Ayad and his son Jihad Adnan Ayad, as well as Ali Adel Diab. The US accuses Adnan Ayad and his partner, Adel Diab, who has already been sanctioned by the Treasury, of having used their company Al Amir Co. for Engineering, Construction and General Trade, based in Lebanon, to raise funds and launder money to Hezbollah.
“This comes at a time when the Lebanese economy is facing an unprecedented crisis and Hezbollah, as part of the Lebanese government, is blocking economic reforms and limiting much-needed change for the Lebanese people,” indicated from the US Government.
The Treasury Department accused the three businessmen of providing material and financial support through the legitimacy of the commercial sector for acts of terrorism to Hezbollah, considered a terrorist organization by the US government since 1997.
The sanctions imply that all the properties and interests of these individuals in the US become blocked and US citizens are prohibited from having commercial or financial transactions with those sanctioned.
(With information from EFE)
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