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In recent weeks, a number of accusations have been voiced, stating that the governments of both Qatar and Turkey actively supported Jabhat Fatah al-Sham terrorist group (formerly Jebhat al-Nusra, banned in Russia). In one case, Qatar had allegedly used Turkish banks to send funds to a group put on the list of terrorist organizations in many countries, including the United States, says the Cyprus Mail newspaper.

British daily newspaper The Times previously reported that “a lawsuit filed last week in the High Court of London indicated that the private office of one of the monarchs of the Gulf State was at the center of secret channels through which money was transferred to the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda (banned in Russia).” The report says that two Qatari banks, several charities, businessmen, leading politicians and government officials of the peninsular emirate were defendants in a claim for damages filed by nine Syrians. All defendants are said to have also worked in collaboration with the Ikhwan al-Muslimun Islamist organization (Muslim Brotherhood, banned in Russia).

According to media reports, the money was used to provide “active support and assistance” to terrorists associated with Al-Qaeda in the Syrian war. In total, we are talking about hundreds of millions of dollars sent to the Arab Republic after 2011. All of the Qatari defendants listed in the lawsuit categorically deny their involvement in the financing of the Syrian al-Qaeda.

“The lawsuit alleges that the money was laundered through the bank accounts of Qatari companies and charitable organizations, or transferred to Turkish banks, from where it was transferred across the border to Syria,” the Times said.

A claim for damages was filed last week in the High Court of London by lawyers representing nine Syrians who claim to have suffered severe financial loss or torture, arbitrary detention, death threats and other forms of harassment by Jebhat Fatah al-Sham militants.

For years, Turkey was being accused of turning a blind eye to jihadists crossing its southern border into Syria and seeking to join groups such as Jabhat al-Nusra and even the Islamic State (IS, ISIS or Daesh, banned in Russia), indicates the Cyprus Mail.