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Hezbollah condemns UK decision to blacklist political wing of Hamas

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Masked Hezbollah fighters with Kalashnikov assault rifles in Tayouneh, near the Lebanese capital Beirut, on October 14, 2021.
IBRAHIM AMRO / AFPMasked Hezbollah fighters with Kalashnikov assault rifles in Tayouneh, near the Lebanese capital Beirut, on October 14, 2021.

Israel praises the move, saying it's the result of close cooperation between Jerusalem and London

Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based Shi'ite militia, on Saturday condemned Britain’s decision to blacklist the political wing of Hamas as a terrorist organization.

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The Iran-allied Lebanese group is likewise designated as a terrorist organization by a large portion of the international community.  

Britain's Home Secretary Priti Patel on Friday said she would ban Hamas “in its entirety, including its political wing,” meaning Britain would no longer differentiate between the group’s political and military wings.

“This is an important step, especially for the Jewish community,” Patel said during a speech in Washington. “Hamas is fundamentally and rabidly anti-Semitic.”

Patel said the group had "significant terrorist capability, including access to extensive and sophisticated weaponry, as well as terrorist training facilities."

Parliament will vote on the proposal next week; if successful, it could go into effect next Friday.

Israel's Foreign Minister Yair Lapid praised the move, saying it was a result of "joint efforts" between the British and Israeli governments.

A Hamas spokesman, meanwhile, branded it "a crime against our Palestinian people and all their history of struggle, as well as a condemnation of the legitimate struggles of all free peoples against colonialism."

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