Britain to ban Hizbullah under anti-terror laws

Britain on Monday (February 25th) said it will ban the political wing of Hizbullah, making membership of the movement or inviting support for it a crime, AFP reported.

The decision follows outrage over the display of the Hizbullah flag, which features a Kalashnikov assault rifle, at demonstrations in London.

"Hizbullah is continuing in its attempts to destabilise the fragile situation in the Middle East," Home Secretary Sajid Javid said in a statement.

"We are no longer able to distinguish between their already banned military wing and the political party. Because of this, I have taken the decision to proscribe the group in its entirety," he said.

The ban is subject to a vote in parliament this week.

"It is clear the distinction between Hizbullah's military and political wings does not exist," Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said in Monday's statement.

"This does not change our ongoing commitment to Lebanon, with whom we have a broad and strong relationship," he said.

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