The British government has added the military wing of Hizbullah to a list of terrorist groups banned in Britain.
Home Office minister Tony McNulty said in a Wednesday statement that the entire military section of the organization has been listed as a proscribed group under British terrorism laws.
The department says that Hizbullah's social and political work in Britain would be unaffected. But the ban will place tight limits on any fundraising, particularly if funds are suspected to be intended for military action.
Individuals can be prosecuted for becoming a member of a proscribed group under British laws.