x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Qatar 'expels Lebanese after GCC Hizbollah decision'

At least 18 Lebanese citizens have been expelled from Qatar after the Gulf Cooperation Council pledged to act against members of Lebanon's Shiite Hizbollah movement.

BEIRUT // At least 18 Lebanese citizens have been expelled from Qatar, a government source in Beirut said yesterday, after the Gulf Cooperation Council pledged to act against members of Lebanon's Shiite Hizbollah movement.

"Eighteen Lebanese have been expelled from Qatar, in the wake of the GCC decision," the source told Agence France-Presse on condition of anonymity, saying it was not clear if they were Hizbollah members.

On June 10, the GCC said it would implement measures affecting the "residency permits and financial and commercial transactions of Hizbollah" in response to the group's involvement in the conflict in Syria.

The GCC statement urged the Lebanese government to "assume its responsibilities towards the behaviour of Hizbollah and its illegal and inhumane practices in Syria and the region".

The bloc backs the uprising against Syrian President Bashar Al Assad.

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Awwad Assiri, was asked on Thursday if his country would move to expel Lebanese citizens, but said only that the GCC decision "affects those who support Hizbollah".

"Hezbollah has erred against itself, its sect and its country. This decision affects those who have been deceived [by Hizbollah]," he told Lebanon's Future TV.