OFAC has added 3 people linked to Hizballah to its list of Specially Designated Nationals, against whom there is a US asset freeze and prohibition on doing business with them. It has also amended the listing of Mustafa Badr Al Din, originally listed as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist, to reflect his support for the Syrian regime under Bashar Al Assad.
The 3 newly listed people are:
- Ibrahim Aqil
- Fu’ad Shukr
- Abd Al Nur Shalan
Aqil and Shukr both serve on Hizballah’s highest military body, the Jihad Council, and have played vital roles in Hizballah’s military campaign in Syria, providing support for pro-regime troops. Shalan is a businessman said to have close ties to Hizballah’s leadership, and has been critical in keeping the group supplied with weapons since the start of the Syrian conflict as its point person for the procurement and transhipment of weapons for it and its Syrian partners for at least 15 years. In 2014, he is said to have used his business to hide weapons-related material in Syria for Hizballah.
The US Treasury’s press release is here.