The US Treasury Department has announced that 7 Lebanese nationals will now be sanctioned because of links with Hezbollah and the Al Qard el Hassan association, an organization acting as the financial arm of the Shiite movement and already having gained momentum in recent times. posing as an alternative to Lebanese banks heavily impacted by the economic crisis.
According to the American treasury site, it would be Youssef Ezzat Akar, born November 1, 1967 and residing in Khiam, Ali Ibrahim Daher, born July 4, 1964 and residing in Haret Hreik, Hassan Abbas Gharib, born September 25, 1969 and residing near Tire, of Habib Mustafa Harb, born on August 6, 1973 and residing in Nabatiyeh, of Chehade Hassan Othman, born on June 9, 1979 whose domicile would be unknown, of Mahmoud Wahid Subayti, born on February 23 1961 and resident in Kfar Sir and finally Mohammed Ahmad Yazbeck, born December 1, 1971 and resident in Haret Hreik.
As a reminder, the Al Qard el Hassan association was founded in 1982 during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon, operates as a bank with 30 subsidiaries and yet without a banking license but with a permit from the Ministry of the Interior. Its operation would be in line with Islamic finance with funding in the form of donations, say its officials.