The Trump Administration is preparing sanctions on allies of Hezbollah in Lebanon in the aftermath of last week's explosion that killed at least 200 people and injured thousands more. The anti-corruption sanctions will target prominent businessmen and politicians with the hopes that it will weaken Hezbollah's influence as they rebuild their government.
- Though the explosion was likely the result of an industrial accident, protesters have blamed corruption and negligence in the government.
- Protests following the explosion forced the 8-month-old Lebanese government to resign. The government had been formed with backing from Hezbollah.
- The government had previously denied any responsibility for the blast and blamed some junior officials.