Gulf States Expel Lebanese Expatriates in Response to Hezbollah's Role in Syrian Conflict

Move could affect Shiites with no connection to the group that has been fighting with Syrian forces


(Reuters)—Gulf Arab states are punishing Hezbollah for its role in Syria by expelling Lebanese expatriates linked to the group in a move that could victimize Shi'ite Muslims with no ties to the militants apart from their shared religious faith.

Set up by Shi'ite power Iran in the 1980s to fight Israeli occupation forces in south Lebanon, the Islamist group has sent its guerrillas to fight alongside the army in Syria's civil war, leading to defeats for rebels armed by some Gulf Arab states.