Amid the soaring summer temperatures, Lebanon is feeling the heat. But it is not just the warm weather that has the Lebanese sweating.
A bomb explosion targeting the headquarters of Lebanon’s BLOM Bank in central Beirut last week came against the backdrop of the implementation of the Hizbullah International Financing Prevention Act (HIFPA). The 2015 US law calls for sanctions against any party found to be financially supporting or conducting business with the Lebanese group.
The legislation, which was passed by the US House of Representatives and Senate before being signed into law by President Barack Obama late last year, has sparked unrest in Beirut. Lebanon’s financial authorities chose to apply the HIFPA under the threat of being excluded from the international banking system, naturally resulting in a heightening of tensions with Hizbullah itself.
Critics of the resistance group were, of course, quick to point at Hizbullah when…
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