Classified as a terrorist organization by the US and through Israel, Hezbollah has influence in Lebanon’s political system, with veto power in the country’s Executive.
Origin in the 1980s. Groups such as Shiites felt underrepresented and without support from the government. With this political scenario, added to the wave of Israeli invasions in the region, Hezbollah emerged in the 1980s. The name means “Party of God”.
Official formation is from 1985. This year marks the official beginning of Hezbollah, with the publication of an “open letter” in which the group details its goals as a military Islamic resistance group.
Currently, the Lebanese extremist group controls southern Lebanon. The region has already received many Palestinian refugees who lived in the now State of Israel. A large part of Lebanon’s population, however, is anti-Hezbollah.
The organization has the support of Iran, which has been governed by a theocratic Shiite regime since 1979.
Gained experience in 2006. Speaking to BBC News Mundo, Firas Maksad, an expert on Lebanese politics, said that Hezbollah has gained experience since 2006, when there was the last confrontation with Israel, fighting in the Syrian war and training pro-Iran militias in Iraq and Yemen.