Australia lists Hezbollah as ‘terrorist organisation’

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The country is also adding the neo-Nazi white supremacist group The Base to its list of “terrorist” organizations.

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Australia has designated Iran-backed Lebanese-based Shia group Hezbollah as a “terrorist” organization.

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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reported that the designation covered the entirety of the group. Hezbollah’s military wing has been on the list since 2003.

In May, the United States called on governments around the world to take action against Hezbollah.

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Last month, Saudi Arabia classified the Lebanese-based al-Qard al-Hasan federation as a “terrorist” entity, citing links to activities supporting Hezbollah.

Australia listed the global neo-Nazi group The Base as a “terrorist” organization, making it a criminal offense to be a member.

“The government has zero tolerance for violence, and there is no reason – religious or ideological – that can justify the killing of innocent people,” Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said in a statement announcing the new classification.

ABC said Australia’s domestic intelligence agency was concerned about right-wing extremism and white supremacists, and that members of The Base now account for about a third of its investigation.

The United Kingdom and Canada have already added the organization to their “terrorist” lists.

Before Wednesday’s announcement, Australia classified 26 groups are classified as “terrorist” organizations, including ISIL (ISIS), Boko Haram and Abu Sayyaf.

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