Saudi Arabia announces it will punish anyone linked to Hezbollah

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Saudi Arabia said on Sunday it would punish anyone who belongs to the Lebanese Shia Islamist group Hezbollah, sympathizes with it, supports it financially or harbors any of its members.

An Interior Ministry statement carried by the state news agency SPA said that Saudis and expatriates would be subjected to “severe penalties” under the kingdom’s regulations and anti-terrorism laws. Foreigners would be deported, it said.

Hezbollah has close ties to Iran, Saudi Arabia’s bitter rival for power in the region.

source: Reuters