Israel sanctions Lebanese firms aiding Hezbollah missile project


Israel has announced sanctions against three Lebanese companies that allegedly supplied materials to the Lebanese Hezbollah’s efforts to manufacture precision missiles…reports Asian Lite News

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz signed an administrative order to seize the assets of three Lebanese companies, Toufali, Moubayed and Barakat, his office said on Sunday in a statement.

These companies focus on producing machines, oils and ventilation systems required for Hezbollah’s production lines, including the precision missiles project, according to the statement.

The order does not have immediate implications but it will allow the international financial system to blacklist the companies, the office said, adding that the order “will make it very difficult for (the companies) to continue operating”.

The order is part of the Defense Minister’s efforts to elevate economic pressure on the precision missiles project in Lebanon, Xinhua news agency reported.

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Israel and Hezbollah, two sworn enemies, had their last full-fledged war in 2006 which took place mostly on Lebanese soil.

UNSC calls for normal functioning of govt

The UN Security Council (UNSC) has called for the normal functioning of government in Lebanon to carry out much-needed reforms and hold elections.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun

In a statement on Friday, UNSC members took note positively of the meeting of the Council of Ministers of Lebanon on January 24, and stressed the need for the swift resumption of its regular meetings, reports Xinhua news agency.

The members urged expeditious and effective decisions by the government to initiate measures, including the swift adoption of an appropriate budget for 2022 that would enable the quick conclusion of an agreement with the International Monetary Fund.

Moreover, the members reiterated with urgency the need to implement previously outlined, tangible reforms which are necessary to help the Lebanese population and also underlined the importance of delivering those reforms in order to ensure effective international support.

The UNSC members underlined the importance of holding free, fair, transparent and inclusive elections as scheduled on May 15, 2022, ensuring the full, equal and meaningful participation of women as candidates and voters in the election, and called on the government to enable the Supervisory Commission for Elections to carry out its mandate, notably by providing it with adequate resources and initiating the process of nominating candidates.

They deplored the recent incidents in the area of operations of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and recalled the necessity for all parties to ensure that UNIFIL personnel are safe and secure and their freedom of movement is fully respected and unimpeded.

They called on the Lebanese authorities to investigate all attacks against UNIFIL and its personnel and bring to justice the perpetrators of those incidents.

The Council members stressed once again the need for a swift, independent, impartial, thorough, and transparent investigation into the explosions which struck Beirut on August 4, 2020.

They called on all Lebanese parties to implement a tangible policy of disassociation from any external conflicts, as an important priority.