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Lebanon’s parliament approves Arms Trade Treaty

September 25, 2018
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In this photo released Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 by the Lebanese Parliament Media Office, Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc members attend a legislative session, at the Lebanese parliament building, in Beirut, Lebanon. Lebanon's parliament has ratified the international Arms Trade Treaty, angering Hezbollah legislators, some of whom walked out in protest. After Lebanon's 15-year civil war ended in 1990, Hezbollah was allowed to keep its weapons since it was fighting Israeli forces who were occupying parts of southern Lebanon.(AP Photo/ Hassan Ibrahim, Lebanese Parliament Media Office)

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon’s parliament has ratified the international Arms Trade Treaty, angering Hezbollah legislators, some of whom walked out in protest.

The 2014 treaty seeks to regulate international trade in conventional arms and prevent illicit trade. Hezbollah legislator Ali Ammar walked out of the parliament Tuesday, saying it “infringes on the weapons of the resistance.”

After Lebanon’s 15-year civil war ended in 1990, Hezbollah was allowed to keep its weapons since it was fighting Israeli forces occupying parts of southern Lebanon.

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

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

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