Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters via a screen during a commemoration service marking one week since the death of Ali Fayyad, one of Hezbollah's senior commanders killed fighting alongside Syrian army forces in Syria, in Ansar village, southern Lebanon March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Aziz Taher - RTS9J74

Saudi Arabia says it will punish anyone linked to Hezbollah

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters via a screen during a commemoration service marking one week since the death of Ali Fayyad, one of Hezbollah's senior commanders killed fighting alongside Syrian army forces in Syria, in Ansar village, southern Lebanon March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Aziz Taher - RTS9J74

Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah addresses his supporters via a screen during a commemoration service marking one week since the death of Ali Fayyad, one of Hezbollah's senior commanders killed fighting alongside Syrian army forces in Syria, in Ansar village, southern Lebanon March 6, 2016. REUTERS/Aziz Taher - RTS9J74


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DUBAI -- Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it would punish anyone who belongs to Lebanon's Iran-backed Shi'ite Islamist group Hezbollah, sympathises with it, supports it financially or harbours any of its members.

An Interior Ministry statement carried by the state news agency SPA said that Saudis and expatriates would be subjected to "severe penalties" under the kingdom's regulations and anti-terrorism laws. Foreigners would be deported, it said.

The move comes after Gulf Arab countries declared Hezbollah a terrorist organisation, raising the possibility of further sanctions against the group, which wields influence in Lebanon and fights alongside President Bashar al-Assad's forces in Syria.


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"Any citizen or resident who supports, shows membership in the so-called Hezbollah, sympathises with it or promotes it, makes donations to it or communicates with it or harbours anyone belonging to it will be subject to the stiff punishments provided by the rules and orders, including the terrorism crimes and its financing," the statement said.

Foreigners working and living in the oil-exporting kingdom would also face expulsion, it said.

Hezbollah has close ties to Iran, Saudi Arabia's bitter rival for power in the region. Saudi Arabia supports Syrian opposition groups to topple Assad and blames Iran and Hezbollah for helping him cling to power after five years of civil war.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has stepped up criticism of Saudi Arabia, accusing it of directing car bombings in Lebanon.

(Reporting by Sami Aboudi)

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  1. What Saudi Arabia won’t do is send troops to Syria. It won’t take in Syrian refugees. It will bomb Yemen. It will support the fake monarchy in Bahrain. It supports ISIS. It uses religious schools worldwide to spread an extremist theology which is a threat to all non-believers.

    Saudi Arabia is our ally because it has oil. We share nothing in common with a religious monarchy that stiffles any form of open thinking, treats women like cows, and funds terrorism. It’s time to release the hidden report from 9/11.

    http://www.newsweek.com/saudi-arabia-911-george-w-bush-barack-obama-prince-bandar-bin-sultan-bob-297170

  2. Saudis should punish those involved in 911. But isn’t that self abuse?

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