Hezbollah supporters wave the group's flag during a commemoration marking the 13th anniversary of the end of the 2006 war with Israel in south Lebanon

Kuwait detains 18 suspected of financing Lebanon's Hezbollah

Arrests come amid a diplomatic crisis between Beirut and the Gulf states, who have become increasingly dismayed by the Iran-backed terror group's influence over Lebanese politics

Reuters |
Published: 11.18.21, 11:26
Prosecutors in Kuwait have detained 18 people suspected of financing Lebanon's powerful Shi'ite Muslim terror group Hezbollah, the newspapers Al-Qabas and Al-Rai reported on Thursday.
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  • Al Qabas said the prosecution ordered the detainees to be held at the central prison for 21 days while investigations continue into alleged "membership in a prohibited party, money laundering and spying".
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    Supporters of the Lebanese Shiite militant movement Hezbollah wave th group's flag during a commemoration marking the 13th anniversary of the end of the 2006 war with Israel in the southern Lebanese
    Supporters of the Lebanese Shiite militant movement Hezbollah wave th group's flag during a commemoration marking the 13th anniversary of the end of the 2006 war with Israel in the southern Lebanese
    Hezbollah supporters wave the group's flag during a commemoration marking the 13th anniversary of the end of the 2006 war with Israel in south Lebanon
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    The Interior Ministry did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. Gulf Arab states in 2016 designated Iran-allied Hezbollah a terrorist organization.
    Lebanon is facing a diplomatic crisis as Gulf states become increasingly dismayed by Hezbollah's expanding influence over Lebanese politics.
    Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain last month expelled Lebanese diplomats and recalled their own envoys following a minister's critical comments about the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. Riyadh banned all imports from Lebanon.
    Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud said the measures were driven not just by the comments by information minister George Kordahi, made before a new cabinet was formed, but rather by Riyadh's objections to the "domination" of Hezbollah.
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    Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud
    Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud
    Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al Saud
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    Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and Shi'ite Iran have been locked for decades in proxy conflicts across the region.
    Kuwait has long maintained balanced ties between its larger neighbors, but in 2016 it convicted a group of Shi'ite Kuwaitis for spying for Iran and Hezbollah, accusing Tehran at the time of seeking to destabilize it. Iran had denied any connection.
    Earlier this month, several of those convicted in that case were released under a pardon issued by Kuwait's ruling emir under an amnesty aimed at defusing a domestic deadlock between the government and opposition lawmakers.
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