US welcomes Serbia’s move to designate Hezbollah terrorist organization

The US on Sunday welcomed Serbia’s announcement that it would designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization. (File/AFP)
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Updated 13 September 2020

US welcomes Serbia’s move to designate Hezbollah terrorist organization

  • Serbia follows the lead of Germany and Lithuania who declared the movement a terrorist organisation in its entirety
  • The announcement will limit Hezbollah’s ability to operate in Europe,” a statement said

LONDON: The US on Sunday welcomed Serbia’s announcement that it would designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.
The announcement is “another significant step limiting this Iranian backed terrorist group’s ability to operate in Europe,” a State Department statement said. 
Serbia’s announcement concerning the Iran-backed militant group came as part of a Trump-led initiative to normalize economic relations between former foes Kosovo and Serbia.  
“There is no doubt that the dominoes are falling on Hezbollah’s European operations, where it has continued to plot terrorist attacks, procure military technology, and raise much needed funding,” the statement said.
Serbia follows the lead of Germany and Lithuania who declared the movement a terrorist organisation in its entirety this year in April and August respectively. 
“We urge all countries in Europe and elsewhere to take whatever action they can to prevent Hezbollah operatives, recruiters, and financiers from operating on their territories,” the statement added.

 


UAE reports new record high of 1,538 coronavirus infections

Updated 16 min 18 sec ago

UAE reports new record high of 1,538 coronavirus infections

  • The total number of cases in the UAE since the pandemic began has reached 119,132
  • The country has also confirmed two deaths, raising the number of COVID-19-linked deaths to 472

DUBAI: The UAE has recorded 1,538 coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours after conducting 105,740 tests, state news agency WAM reported.
The Ministry of Health and Prevention said the total number of cases since the pandemic began has reached 119,132. The country has also confirmed two deaths, raising the number of COVID-19-linked deaths to 472.
The ministry also said 1,501 people had recovered from COVID-19 overnight, bringing the total to 111,814.
The UAE, with a population of around 9.9 million people, has seen the number of daily new cases surge over the past two months from 164 on Aug. 3 to a new high of 1,538.