US Congress votes to sanction banks financing Hezbollah

The US House of Representatives voted unanimously December 16 to impose tough new sanctions on banks that knowingly do business with the Lebanon-based Shiite movement HezbollahThe US House of Representatives voted unanimously Wednesday to impose tough new sanctions on banks that knowingly do business with the Lebanon-based Shiite militant movement Hezbollah. The bill targeting the Iran-backed group, which Washington considers a terrorist organization, now goes to the White House for President Barack Obama’s signature. The legislation also targets Hezbollah’s television channel Al-Manar by aiming to cut the broadcast of satellite operators that air the channel’s programming.

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