Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt on Tuesday extended its terror list, added more charity groups and individuals with ties to Yemen, Qatar and Libya, labelling them “terrorist” over suspected ties to extremism.
Nine charity organisations and nine individuals directly or indirectly linked to Qatari authorities were named, according to a joint-statement carried by WAM, the UAE state news agency.
The four Arab states last month suspended ties with Qatar over allegations the Gulf state bankrolled extremism, an accusation Doha denies.
Three organisations in Yemen and six based in Libya were accused of ties to Al Qaeda and a Syrian affiliate of the group in Tuesday’s statement.
The statement also said three Qatari nationals, three Yemenis, two Libyans and a Kuwaiti citizen were involved in fundraising campaigns to support Jabhat Al Nusra and other terrorist militias in Syria.
1 Al Balagh Charitable Foundation - Yemen
2 Al AIhsan Charitable Society - Yemen
3 Rahma Charitable Organization - Yemen
4 Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council - Libya
5 Al Saraya Media Center- Libya
6 Boshra News Agency - Libya
7 Rafallah Sahati Brigade - Libya
8 Nabaa TV - Libya
9 Tanasuh Foundation for Dawa, Culture and Media - Libya
1 Khalid Saeed Al Bounein, Qatari
2 Shaqer Jummah Al Shahwani, Qatari
3 Saleh bin Ahmed Al Ghanim, Qatari
4 Hamid Hamad Hamid Al Ali, Kuwaiti
5 Abdullah Mohammed Al Yazidi, Yemeni
6 Ahmed Ali Ahmed Baraoud, Yemeni
7 Mohammed Bakr Al Dabaa, Yemeni
8 Al Saadi Abdullah Ibrahim Bukhazem, Libyan
9 Ahmed Abd Al Jaleel Al Hasnawi, Libyan
Joint statement in full:
The terrorist activities of the aforementioned entities and individuals have direct and indirect ties with the Qatari authorities. The three Qatari individuals on the list, along with a Kuwaiti individual, have engaged in fundraising campaigns to support Al Nusra Front and other terrorist militias in Syria. The three Yemeni individuals and the three organisations in Yemen, have provided support to Al Qaeda, and have conducted actions on its behalf, mainly by using significant funding from Qatari charities, which are designated by the four states as terrorist entities. The two Libyan individuals and the six terrorist entities, affiliated with terrorist groups in Libya, have received substantial financial support from the Qatari authorities and played an active role in spreading chaos and devastation in Libya, despite serious international concern over the destructive impact of such practices.
While noting that the Qatari authorities had previously signed a memorandum of understanding with the United States to stop terror financing and then announced that it was amending its terror combating laws, the four states consider this step, even if it is a submission to the tough demands to combat terrorism and one of many awaited steps to achieve the Qatari authorities’ return to the right track, not enough.
Qatar’s 2004 law neither led to combating extremism, terrorism, hate speech, nor did it end its financing and harbouring of extremist individuals and groups. To the contrary, these individuals and groups have expanded their presence and activity in and through Doha. The Qatari authorities have a long history in breaking all signed and binding agreements and legal obligations, the latest of which was the 2013 Riyadh Agreement and the 2014 Supplemental Agreement. Moreover, it continued harboring terrorists, financing attacks and promoting hate speech and extremism.
The next long awaited practical step is taking an urgent action by the Qatari authorities to make legal and practical actions to prosecute terrorist and extremist individuals and entities, especially those on this current list and the previous one, which was announced on the 8th of June 2017 so as to confirm the credibility of its seriousness in renouncing terrorism and extremism, and its engagement in the international community fighting terrorism. To that end, the four states, along with their international partners, will monitor the Qatari authorities’ commitment in not harbouring terrorist, supporting and financing terrorism, ending promoting of extremist and hate speech, and financing of extremists inside and outside Qatar.
The four countries also affirm the continuation of their current measures, and possible future measures that might be taken, until the Qatari authorities are committed to fulfilling all the just demands, which ensure countering terrorism and maintaining security and stability in the region.