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Australia designates Hezbollah a ‘terrorist organisation’

Australia has designated Hezbollah, Lebanon-based Shia group, as a “terrorist” organisation.

The designation covers the entirety of the group, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported. Hezbollah’s military wing has been on the list since 2003.

In May, the United States had called on governments worldwide to take action against Hezbollah.

Last month, Saudi Arabia classified the Lebanon-based Al-Qard Al-Hassan association as a “terrorist” entity, citing links to activities supporting Hezbollah.

The United Kingdom and Canada have already added the organisation to their “terrorist” lists.

Prior to Wednesday’s announcement, Australia had classified 26 groups as “terrorist” organisations, including ISIL (ISIS), Boko Haram and Abu Sayyaf.

 

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