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EU Puts Hezbollah on Notice

The European Union moves toward designating Hezbollah a terrorist organization as its arms embargo on Syria is allowed to lapse.
The Syrian flag is seen as people watch Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah as he appears on a screen during a live broadcast to speak to his supporters at an event marking Resistance and Liberation Day, in Bekaa valley May 25, 2013. The event is to commemorate the 13th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from southern Lebanon. REUTERS/Sharif Karim (LEBANON - Tags: POLITICS ANNIVERSARY) - RTX100E4

On May 21, the United Kingdom formally requested that the European Union add the military wing of Hezbollah to its list of terrorist organizations. Details of Hezbollah’s criminal activities surfaced earlier in the year, and London has since been pushing for a change in EU policy toward it.

In February, the Bulgarian government announced that two of the individuals responsible for the July 2012 bombing at the Burgas Airport that killed five Israeli tourists and a Bulgarian bus driver “belonged to the military formation of Hezbollah.” That announcement came around the same time that Cyprus prosecuted a Lebanese-Swedish citizen who had confessed to being a Hezbollah operative surveilling movements by Israeli tourists for potential targets.

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