UK to declare Hezbollah as terrorist group

The Hezbollah organization could be soon considered as a terrorist group in United Kingdom. The Parliament is set to pass new rules and changes may take force from Friday, said UK authorities.

Formed in early 1980s as a resistance movement during Israeli occupation of southern Lebanon the Hezbollah is a Shia Islamist political, military and social organization and backed by Iran. Home Secretary Sajid Javid said the group continued its attempts to destabilize the fragile situation in the Middle East.

Hezbollah, translated as the Party of God, had sent thousands of its fighters to support Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to fight against ISIS and Sunni Muslim rebel forces.

Beyond the new rules are set up in UK Parliament supporting the Hezbollah group would be an offence and to carry up to 10 years of jail term.

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said distinction between the organization’s military and political winds seize to exist.

Hunt further added, “The government is sending a clear signal that its destabilizing activities in the region are totally unacceptable and detrimental to the UK’s national security.”

Israel welcomed the decision and called for the European Union to follow. In 2006 Hezbollah captured two Israeli soldiers in a cross-border attack and as an aftermath there was a month-long war.

The draft also proscribes Jamaat Nusrat al-Islam Wal-Muslimin (JNIM) and Ansaroul Islam as terrorist groups.

Paul Linus