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    Bahrain has designated Lebanon-based Shiite Islamist group Hezbollah as one of the Saudi-led coalition's targets.

    MANAMA (Sputnik) – Bahrain has designated Lebanon-based Shiite Islamist group Hezbollah as one of the Saudi-led anti-terrorist coalition's targets, the Gulf kingdom’s interior ministry said Friday.

    "The Kingdom of Bahrain considers Hezbollah of Lebanon, February 14 Youth Coalition, Saray Al Ashtar, and Saraya Al Muqawama terrorist groups," the ministry said in a statement.

    It urged non-governmental organizations, companies and individuals against dealing "in any way" with terrorist organizations, vowing a series of security and legal steps against those found to be in possession of images, logos or symbols supporting the listed groups.

    "Investment, commercial and economic activity will also be considered, in addition to those who patronize fake charities that are fronts from terrorist groups," the ministry said.

    Hezbollah is a paramilitary group and political party that has a stronghold on the southern outskirts of Beirut and designated a terrorist organization by the United States, the United Kingdom, Israel and other European states, with the exclusion of Russia.

    Saudi Arabia announced on Tuesday the formation of a 34-nation Islamic alliance claimed to fight terrorism, composed of exclusively majority-Sunni Asian, African and Arab countries.

    Part of a US-led coalition of over 60 countries carrying out airstrikes in Iraq and Syria, Saudi Arabia leads its own alliance against the Houthi movement in neighbouring Yemen.

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