US House passes sanctions bills targeting Hezbollah terror group

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The House has passed legislation to block the flow of money to the Iran-backed Hezbollah and to sanction the terror group for using civilians as human shields.

Lawmakers approved the measures by voice vote.

One of the bills directs the Trump administration to sanction people and businesses engaged in fundraising and recruitment for Hezbollah.

Another bill calls on the Trump White House to push for the U.N. Security Council to impose international sanctions against Hezbollah for the terror group’s use of civilians as human shields.

Rep. Ed Royce of California says Hezbollah has taken hundreds of thousands of lives, including Americans. He says the measures hold Hezbollah “accountable for its acts of death and destruction.”

A separate vote is scheduled for Thursday on a bill to sanction Iran for ballistic missile development.

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