The U.S. Treasury places two Hezbollah members in the Lebanese parliament on its sanctions blacklist -- the first time Washington has taken aim at the Iran-backed group's elected politicians.
The Treasury names Amin Sherri and Muhammad Hasan Ra'd to a terror-related blacklist, saying that Hezbollah uses its parliamentary power to advance its alleged violent activities.
It also places Wafiq Safa, a top Hezbollah security official, on the blacklist.
"Hezbollah uses its operatives in Lebanon's parliament to manipulate institutions in support of the terrorist group's financial and security interests, and to bolster Iran's malign activities," says Sigal Mandelker, U.S. Under Secretary of Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence.