$ 10 million from the United States to provide information on the financing of Hezbollah[/size]
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According to a statement on the ministry's website, this is the first time that the administration has offered a financial reward for information about Hezbollah's global financial networks.
The statement said that the information targeted through the provision of these rewards, including the sources of income of Hezbollah, or key financial facilitation mechanisms, as well as the main donors of the party.
It also includes financial institutions or exchange offices that facilitate the party's financial transactions, as well as the business or investment owned or controlled by the party and its financiers, and companies engaged in the international procurement of dual-use technology on behalf of Hezbollah.
The statement said Hezbollah is a "terrorist organization" based in Lebanon that receives weapons, training and funding from Iran, which the State Department considers a "state sponsor of terrorism."
The US State Department indicated that the Lebanese Hezbollah generates about $ 1 billion annually from various sources, including direct financial support from Iran, a number of international companies and investments, donor networks and money-laundering activities.
In addition to Hezbollah's global financial networks, the State Department's statement mentioned the names of three people as key funders of the party, and the Treasury Department is looking for information about them. The three are on the black list of international terrorists.
They are Adham Tabbiyeh, a member of Hezbollah, maintain direct links with Hezbollah's senior organizational elements, have pre-eminent properties in Lebanon and run businesses throughout the Middle East and West Africa.
The statement pointed out that Mohammed Ibrahim Bazi, a senior Hezbollah financier who has given millions of dollars to the party through its business activities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Ali Yousuf Sharara is the chief financier of Hezbollah, the chairman and general manager of Lebanese telecommunications company Spectrum Investment Group Holding. He has extensive business interests in the telecommunications sector in West Africa and has sparked millions of dollars from Hezbollah to invest in commercial ventures To provide them with financial support for the party.
The Rewards for Justice program, an effective law enforcement tool run by the US State Department's Department of Diplomatic Security since its establishment in 1984, has paid more than $ 150 million to more than 100 people who have provided information that helped bring terrorists to justice or to prevent terrorist acts all over the world.