BEIRUT: Hezbollah condemned Friday the UK's decision to classify the group as a terrorist group, labeling their party as "a resistance movement against the Israeli occupation."
UK authorities said last week that they will no longer distinguish between the group's military and political wings, with its military branch being banned since 2008.
Hezbollah accused the UK of being a "mere a follower in service of its American master," while accusing its government of crimes of terrorism in Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.
The UK's Home Secretary Sajid Javid said that the decision to proscribe the group in its entirety stems from their continuous attempts to "destabilize the fragile situation in the Middle East".
Hezbollah, backed by Iran, has sent thousands of fighters over the course of the Syrian civil war to shore up President Bashar Assad's forces, with a reported presence in Iraq and Yemen as well.
The group has also morphed into a major political player in Lebanon after winning 13 parliamentary seats which paved the way for the party to appoint three ministers in the newly formed Cabinet.
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