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Bahrain deports Lebanese with suspected links to Hizbollah

Xinhua, March 14, 2016 Adjust font size:

Bahrain's Interior Ministry said on Monday that it had deported "a number of Lebanese residents" for their links to or support for Hizbollah.

The ministry did not specify how many Lebanese nationals were deported.

The move came after the Arab League (AL) and the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) designated the Lebanon-based Hizbollah as a terrorist organization.

Bahrain is a member of both the AL and the GCC.

The designation of Hizbollah as a terrorist group followed an announcement by Saudi Arabia that it was cutting 4 billion U.S. dollars in aid to Lebanese security forces.

GCC Secretary General Abdullatif Al Zayani said the decision to brand Hizbollah as a terrorist organization was made after what were described as Hizbollah's hostile acts within its member states and in Syria, Yemen and Iraq.

He accused Hizbollah of seeking to recruit members within the GCC to carry out terrorist acts, smuggling weapons and explosives, and incitement to sow disorder and violence.

Bahrain and other Gulf states have also urged their citizens to leave Lebanon. Endit