Bahrain’s lawmakers voted on Tuesday to label the Lebanese militia group Hezbollah a terrorist organization. News outlet Now Lebanon wrote that the Bahrain parliament approved the measure to blacklist Hezbollah.
Tensions have been high since Bahrain accused Hezbollah of seeking to overthrow its government in 2011. According to a report sent to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in 2011, the ruling Sunni Khalifa family asserted that Hezbollah trained insurgents in Lebanon and the Islamic Republic of Iran to topple its government.
Hezbollah is a Shiite organization with intense ties with Iran’s Shiite clerical leadership. Counter-terrorism experts say Hezbollah and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps cooperate on targeting Western and Israeli targets for terror missions.
The move to designate Hezbollah a terror entity comes on the heels of EU talks about banning Hezbollah within the 27-member body because of terror operations.