GCC Announces Adopting Measures against Hizbullah Members

The Gulf Cooperation Council has decided to adopt several measures against Hizbullah members in the council's member-states as a response to the party's involvement in the Syrian crisis, Al-Jazeera satellite television reported on Monday.

"The GCC strongly condemns the party's involvement in the fighting in Syria,” Al-Jazeera noted, adding that the council announced adopting measures against Hizbullah members regarding their stay permits and their financial transactions in the member-states.

The council also urged the Lebanese cabinet to assume its responsibilities regarding “the party's behavior and activities” in the Syrian crisis, according to Al-Jazeera.

On Wednesday, Bahrain launched investigations and started gathering information about “Hizbullah's interests” in the kingdom ahead of taking “measures” against them.

“These investigations are part of the steps being taken as a result of designating Hizbullah as a terrorist organization by the Kingdom of Bahrain,” Bahrain's state news agency said.

The Gulf Cooperation Council recently announced that member states will consider Hizbullah as a terrorist organization and will look into the activities of the party's members in the Gulf region.

Hizbullah fighters spearheaded a devastating 17-day assault on the Syrian town of Qusayr near the Lebanese border which culminated on Wednesday with its recapture from the rebels.

The party's chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah had previously justified the group's involvement in Syria by saying they were defending Lebanese-inhabited border villages inside Syria and Shiite holy sites.

But during a May 25 speech marking the 13th anniversary of Israel's military withdrawal from Lebanon, Nasrallah said the Takfiris are the “most prevailing group in the Syrian opposition,” warning against a defeat against them in the ongoing war in Syria.

He said: “If Syria falls in the hands of the Takfiris and the United States, the resistance will become under a siege and Israel will enter Lebanon. If Syria falls, the Palestinian cause will be lost.”

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