Germany designates Lebanese Hezbollah a terrorist organization

BERLIN – The German government banned Lebanese Hezbollah from German territory and designated it as a terrorist organization on Wednesday.

A spokesman for the German Federal Ministry of the Interior said in a tweet that, “German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has banned the activities of Hezbollah.”

Following the announcement, German Security Forces and police arrested a number of suspected Lebanese Hezbollah members.

Security officials believe that about 1,050 people in Germany belong to the “extremist wing of Hezbollah.”

Last year, Bundestag approved a proposal urging Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Government to ban all Hezbollah activities on German soil, citing Hezbollah’s terrorist activity, particularly in Syria.