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Venezuelans' assets frozen by US

Shia gunmen during clashes in Beirut in May, 2008
The two men are accused of raising funds for Hezbollah

The US Treasury Department has frozen the US assets of two Venezuelan nationals for alleged links with the radical Islamist group, Hezbollah.

The men include one of the country's official representatives in Lebanon.

Ghazi Nasr Din, director of political interests of the Venezuelan embassy in Lebanon, is accused of raising funds for the Islamist group.

The other man, Fawzi Kan'an, rejected the accusations as baseless in a BBC interview.

Mr Kan'an operates two travel agencies in Caracas that have also been blacklisted by the US.

The latest move also prohibits Americans from doing business with the two men.

The move is likely to add to the existing rift between the Bush Administration and the government of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, correspondents say.

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