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Lebanon Ratified the International Arms Trade Treaty

Hezbollah’s parliamentary members attend a legislative session at the Lebanese Parliament building in Beirut, Lebanon. 

Lebanon’s Parliament has approved the international Arms Trade Treaty despite enraged Hezbollah legislators, many of whom walked out in protest.

The 2014 treaty seeks to control international trade in conventional arms and stop illicit trading. Hezbollah legislator Ali Ammar walked out from the Parliament on Tuesday, saying it “infringes on the weapons from the resistance.”

After Lebanon’s 15-year civil war ceased in 1990, Hezbollah was able to keep its weapons largely because it was fighting Israeli forces occupying aspects of southern Lebanon.

Hezbollah today includes a massive arsenal including tens of thousands of rockets and missiles. The group sent a large number of its fighters to Syria to battle along President Bashar Assad’s forces.

Prime Minister designate Saad Hariri said as soon as the treaty was approved which it has nothing to do with Hezbollah’s weapons.

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