Gulf states declare Lebanon's Hezbollah 'terrorist' group

A Hezbollah fighter fires towards Syrian rebel areas on the Syrian side of the Qalamun hills close to the Lebanese border on May 16, 2015Gulf monarchies on Wednesday declared Lebanon’s Hezbollah a “terrorist” group, escalating tensions with the Shiite militant organisation that is fighting in support of Syria’s regime. The designation is the latest step taken by Gulf states against Hezbollah as ties between its main backer Iran and regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia deteriorate. The six-member Gulf Cooperation Council “decided to consider the militias (of Hezbollah) a terrorist organisation”, GCC Secretary General Abdullatif al-Zayani said in a statement.

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