Sanctions on Iran Are Hitting Hizbullah and It Hurts

(Washington Post) Liz Sly and Suzan Haidamous - Hizbullah has thrived for decades on generous cash handouts from Iran, spending lavishly on benefits for its fighters, funding social services and accumulating a formidable arsenal. But since President Trump introduced sweeping new restrictions on trade with Iran last year, Hizbullah has seen a sharp fall in its revenue and is being forced to make draconian cuts to its spending. Fighters are being furloughed or assigned to the reserves, where they receive lower salaries or no pay at all. Hizbullah officials and full-time fighters who are still on the payroll are receiving their salaries, but benefits for expenses such as meals, gas and transportation have been canceled. Spending programs have been slashed, including the supply of free medicines and even groceries to fighters, employees and their families.

2019-05-21 00:00:00

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