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Hundreds Of 9/11 Families And First Responders Have Sued Saudi Arabia

Hundreds Of 9/11 Families And First Responders Have Sued Saudi Arabia

Of the 19 airplane hijackers who carried out the attacks, 15 were from Saudi Arabia. The suit alleges that Saudi Arabia provided support to al Qaeda [BBC profile] in multiple ways.

Like other recent actions, the lawsuit filed on Monday capitalises on last year's decision by Congress to let victims of such attacks on U.S. soil to sue state sponsors.

The Saudi government has denied any involvement in the attacks.

The lawsuit is being amended to include local residents and office workers who have been exposed to carcinogens in the aftermath of the attack. It seeks unspecified damages.

Meanwhile, the lawsuit contends, "Saudi Arabia's charitable organizations and Saudi Arabia's officials, employees and agents continued to provide material support and resources for al Qaeda through and including September 11, 2001".

The lawsuit was filed in New York City Friday by law firm Kreindler & Kreindler.

More than 800 people - both people who were injured on 9/11 and family members of those who were killed - filed a lawsuit against the country of Saudi Arabia on Monday.

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Relatives of almost 2,000 people killed or wounded in the attacks filed a civil lawsuit against the Saudi government on Monday, alleging ties between the kingdom and plotters and hijackers involved in the event.

According to the suit, several "charity" groups controlled by the Saudi government were being used by senior Saudi officials, including diplomats, and al-Qaida operatives to maneuver millions of dollars through a web of channels to the al-Qaida terrorists from the moment they arrived in the U.S. until they carried out the 9/11 attacks.

Among other allegations, the complaint accuses Saudi officials of being aware that money was redirected from Saudi charities to al Qaida to fund their attacks.

The Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act (Jasta) was passed in September past year, which can see foreign governments held to account for acts of terror committed on USA soil.

"We need to find out once and for all if Saudi Arabia or other countries financed this".

Several Saudi officials are listed in the suit and accused of working with the hijackers in Los Angeles, San Diego, Florida, Washington, D.C., and Virginia for 18 months prior to the attacks, Kreindler said. Trump met Tuesday with Saudi Arabia's Deputy Crown Prince and Defense Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss closer political and business cooperation between Washington and Riyadh.

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