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US sanctions Lebanese environmental group for Hezbollah ties

The US imposed sanctions on Green Without Borders and its leader, Zuhair Subhi Nahla, for providing cover for Hezbollah's activities in southern Lebanon.
A Green Without Borders outpost that Israel says Hezbollah is using.

WASHINGTON — The US Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed sanctions on a Lebanese environmental group it said acted as a front for Hezbollah in southern Lebanon “under the guise of environmental activism.”

Green Without Borders (GWB) maintains outposts manned by Hezbollah operatives in more than a dozen locations along the Blue Line border between Israel and Lebanon, Treasury said in a statement. 

The outposts allegedly serve as cover for Hezbollah warehouses and munitions storage tunnels and have been used by the Iran-backed militant group to conduct weapons training over the past decade. Such activities in the border area are banned under the UN Security Council resolution that ended the 2006 war in Lebanon. 

The sites have also interfered with UN peacekeepers’ access to the Blue Line, Treasury said. 

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