Arab League Lists Hezbollah as Terrorist Organization

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The Arab League voted on Friday in favor of listing the Shiite Hezbollah movement as a terrorist organization.

CAIRO (Sputnik) — Last week, the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) comprising Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Bahrain and Kuwait, officially declared Hezbollah and all groups affiliated to it, a terrorist organization.

"The Arab League Council has voted for the recognition of Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. Iraq and Lebanon abstained from voting, as well as Algeria, which is opposed to some points of the decision," Bahraini diplomat Wahid Sayar said following the Council's meeting.

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Hezbollah was established in the 1980s as a paramilitary and political organization originating in Lebanon's Shiite population. The group aims to end Israel's occupation of Lebanon.

In addition, the group has been assisting the government of the conflict torn Syria, which has been battling against extremists.

Aside from the GCC, Hezbollah Shia Muslim movement is, partially or entirely, considered a terrorist organization by a number of countries including the United States, Israel and the United Kingdom, but not by Russia.

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