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WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 (Reuters) – The United States and Qatar took coordinated action against a Hezbollah financial network in the Arabian Peninsula on Wednesday, the US Treasury Department said in a statement.

The Treasury Department said it has named people like Ali Reda Hassan al-Banai, Ali Reda al-Qassabi Lari, and Abd al-Muayyid al-Banaiare to provide financial or material support to Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based Shiite Islamist group that Washington has to have referred to as a foreign terrorist organization.

Qatar also named the network, the Treasury Department said, but there were no details of these actions.

“Hezbollah is trying to abuse the international financial system by building global networks of financiers to fill their coffers and support their terrorist activities,” said Andrea Gacki, director of the department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

“The cross-border nature of this Hezbollah financial network underscores the importance of our continued cooperation with international partners such as the government of Qatar to protect the US and the international financial systems from terrorist abuse.”

The people include citizens of Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain as well as a Palestinian, the ministry said on its website.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the move was “one of the most significant joint actions” Washington has taken with a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council and urged other governments to follow suit in the fight against Hezbollah.

Bahrain has also blocked bank accounts related to the network at the same time and referred three people to prosecutors, Blinken said in a statement. (Reporting by Doina Chiacu and Simon Lewis; Editing by Lisa Lambert and Jonathan Oatis)

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