Bahrain expels Lebanese families over alleged Hezbollah ties

Bahrain’s interior minister announced Monday the deportation of a number of Lebanese it accused of belonging to, or supporting Hezbollah, the latest move in an escalating row between Lebanon and the Gulf.

“Several Lebanese residents were expelled after proven to have links to, or supporting the terrorist Hezbollah,” Bahrain’s interior ministry said in a tweet.

The number of Lebanese nationals who were expelled remains unclear. There are reportedly 750 Lebanese living in Bahrain.

The announcement comes days after Arab League foreign ministers meeting in Cairo declared Hezbollah a “terrorist organization” for the second time since January, with the abstention of Lebanon and Iraq, and a reservation by Algeria.

Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil defended his decision to abstain from voting on the statement, explaining that it was not in line with terror classifications used by the United Nations and Arab treaties.

Earlier this month, the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council also declared Hezbollah a “a terrorist organization,” accusing the party of creating chaos and discord in member states.

The GCC includes Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman and Bahrain

Source: AFP