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Australia designates Hezbollah as terrorist organisation

Australia designates Hezbollah as terrorist organisation

SYDNEY:  Australia on Wednesday listed Lebanese Shia party Hezbollah and neo-Nazi organization The Base as terrorist organizations.

The designations make it a criminal offense to be a member of The Base or Hezbollah.

Anyone guilty of terrorist organization offences, including being a member, recruiting, receiving training or acquiring funds for a terrorist organization can face imprisonment for up to 25 years.

Hezbollah is based in Lebanon and functions as a Shia Islamist political party and a militant group, which has formed alliances with Iran and Syria.

Security experts have warned Hezbollah’s international network is expanding in size and influence, but prefers covert operations rather than direct conflict.

Until now Australia has only listed the group’s External Security Organisation (ESO) on the terrorist list, exempting its military and political wings.

Adding the entirety of Hezbollah to the list – including the political wing that has government representation – may complicate aid flowing to Lebanon, which is beset by a political and economic crisis.

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews

Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said Hezbollah was providing support to other terrorist organisations in the region, such as Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hamas’s Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.

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