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    Gulf Arab States Not 'Considering Military Action' Against Hezbollah

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    A member of the foreign affairs committee of the Saudi Arabian consultative Shura Council ruled out on Wednesday the possibility of a military action against the Lebanon-based Shiite Hezbollah militant group, in comments to Sputnik.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Earlier in the day, the six-member Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (CCASG or GCC) designated Hezbollah a terrorist organization.

    "I do not think that the Gulf countries will enter into a conflict against Hezbollah. We consider that Hezbollah should get under a real blockade, should act in compliance with Lebanon’s constitution as a political party, but not as the party, which is above the state," Zuhair Harisi said, commenting on whether any military measures against the Beirut-based militant group might be implemented.

    Aside from the GCC, Hezbollah Shiite Muslim movement is, partially or entirely, considered a terrorist organization by a number of countries including the United States, Israel and the European Union.

    The regional body’s decision was condemned by the Iranian Foreign Ministry.

    Hezbollah, established in the 1980s, is a paramilitary and political organization originating in Lebanon's Shiite population. The group's primary goal was military opposition to Israel's occupation of the country.

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