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Paraguay places Hezbollah and Hamas on the list of terrorist organizations

Paraguay designated Monday as international terrorist organizations the armed militias of Hezbollah and Hamas, to reinforce the task of terrorism prevention agencies and currency flow control systems.

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Ruins of a temple after a bombing. / Reference Image / Pixabay

Reuters | Mariel Cristaldo

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Leer en español: Paraguay tiene a Hezbolá y Hamás en lista de organizaciones terroristas

The country shares with Argentina and Brazil the triple border over the Paraná River, where it is suspected that money laundering organizations are operating that could have links with Hezbollah.

"This decree requires the deployment of a protocol in the area of security, mainly in the area of financing the activities of these organizations ... to carry out the fight against international terrorism," the Interior Minister, Juan Ernesto Villamayor, told reporters.

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The decision was announced a month after the Government of Argentina designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization and requested the freezing of assets of members of the organization.

The decree also designated ISIS and al-Qaeda as "global terrorist organizations."

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