U.S. sanctions Hezbollah figure over terrorism

Source: Xinhua| 2019-07-20 03:50:32|Editor: yan
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WASHINGTON, July 19 (Xinhua) -- The U.S. Department of the Treasury said Friday that its Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated a senior member of Hezbollah for sanctions over terrorism.

The Treasury said in a statement that Salman Raouf Salman, designated by OFAC on Friday, is a senior member of Hezbollah's External Security Organization, which is responsible for planning, coordination and execution of a series of terrorist attacks.

Salman coordinated the devastating 1994 attack of a Jewish community center in Argentina's capital Buenos Aires, which killed 85 people. He also directed other terrorist operations for Hezbollah since then, according to the statement.

"This Administration will continue to target Hizballah (Hezbollah) terrorists who plot horrific murderous operations and indiscriminately kill innocent civilians on behalf of this violent group and its Iranian patrons," Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker said in the statement.

As a result of the sanctions, all property and interests in property of those targets that are subject to U.S. jurisdiction will be blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them, the statement said.

Persons that engage transactions with the designated individual may themselves be exposed to sanctions or subject to enforcement action, the statement added.

The U.S. State Department designated Hezbollah as a Specially Designed Global Terrorist group in October 2001.