An American court has ordered Hezbollah to pay millions of dollars in damages to a group of Americans who were wounded by the group’s rockets during the 2006 war with Israel.
The case was brought under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act and alleged that Hezbollah caused the plaintiffs physical and emotional injury and damaged their property.
The judge ordered Hezbollah to pay damages of $111 million to the plaintiffs.
Israel and Hezbollah fought a monthlong war in 2006. Hezbollah launched thousands of rockets at cities and towns in Israel’s north while Israel pounded targets as well as Lebanon’s infrastructure and residential areas, killing around 1,200 civilians.
Israel still considers the heavily armed group Hezbollah a major threat.
In Friday’s ruling, Judge Steven L. Tiscione of the federal court in Brooklyn, New York, said the plaintiffs had successfully established that Hezbollah’s actions were a violation of the Anti-Terrorism Act and held the group liable.
Meanwhile, Hezbollah didn’t comment on the court order.