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Israel urges Germany to ban Hezbollah

Hezbollah Soldiers [file photo]
Hezbollah Soldiers [file photo]

Israel on Wednesday urged Germany to implement a ban on Lebanon's Hezbollah, which was requested by the German Bundestag (parliament) last year.

Israeli Ambassador to Germany Jeremy Issacharoff called the German government to ban the activities of Hezbollah in the federal republic, German newspaper Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung reported on Wednesday.

"The decision of the Bundestag, which calls for the prohibition of Hezbollah activities, came at the right time and is very important," the newspaper reported Issacharoff saying.

Last year, the spokesperson for the German Interior Ministry refuted media reports that Germany will ban the Lebanese movement in its entirety. Steve Alter announced on Twitter that "an alleged government decision on a ban on Hezbollah" could not be confirmed.

Germany and the EU have banned Hezbollah's military wing, while allowing its political arm to operate.

Israel, the US, the UK, the Netherlands and the Arab League are some of the countries and entities that classify the entire group as a terrorist organisation.

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