| WASHINGTON, July 10
WASHINGTON, July 10 The United States on
Thursday imposed financial sanctions on a Lebanese consumer
electronics company, saying it purchased supplies used to
develop military drones for the militant Hezbollah movement.
Stars Group Holding secretly bought electronics in the
United States, Canada and Europe to help Hezbollah make drones
for military activities in Syria and to conduct surveillance
operations in Israel, the U.S. Treasury said in a statement.
The company is based in Beirut and is owned and operated by
brothers Kamel Mohamad Amhaz and Issam Mohamad Amhaz, the
Treasury said. Washington also targeted the company's six
subsidiaries, including Unique Stars Mobile Phones LLC in Dubai
and Stars International Ltd in China.
The sanctions freeze any assets held by the companies, the
Amhaz brothers or three others sanctioned, under U.S.
jurisdiction and forbid Americans from dealing with the firms.
Stars Group Holding sells cell phones and tablets.
Since the end of Lebanon's 15-year civil war in 1990,
Shi'ite Hezbollah has used its political power and military
force to pursue its goals, in particular defending the country
from neighboring Israel.
Washington considers Hezbollah a terrorist group and has
sought to persuade allies to adopt the same label, in part by
highlighting what it says are illegal or destabilizing actions
carried out by the group beyond Lebanon's borders.
(Reporting by Moriah Costa; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)