Qatar financed ‘weapons deliveries’ to Hezbollah according to new dossier

Qatar financed ‘weapons deliveries’ to Hezbollah according to new dossier
The Lebanese group Hezbollah - listed as a terrorist group by the US, UK, EU and Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia - is an Iranian proxy Shia militia. (File/AFP)
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Updated 06 August 2020

Qatar financed ‘weapons deliveries’ to Hezbollah according to new dossier

Qatar financed ‘weapons deliveries’ to Hezbollah according to new dossier

Qatar allegedly financed “weapons deliveries” to Hezbollah as early as 2017, according to a new dossier seen by American news site Fox News.

A private security contractor who penetrated Qatar’s weapons procurement business told Fox News that a member of the Qatari royal family allegedly authorized the delivery of military hardware to Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2017.

Qatar’s ambassador to Belgium and NATO, Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Sulaiman Al-Khulaifi, sought to pay the private security contractor over $890,000 to hush up the role of Qatar’s regime in supplying money and weapons to the Hezbollah, the Fox News report said.

The Lebanese group Hezbollah - listed as a terrorist group by the US, UK, EU and Gulf states, including Saudi Arabia - is an Iranian proxy Shia militia. It was established by the Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) in Lebanon in 1982 and remains dependent on Iranian finance and support.

The private security contractor – who is referred to as Jason G. in the report – told the American daily that at a meeting in Brussels last year, Al-Khulaifi said: “The Jews are our enemies.”

Jason G. claimed that he penetrated Qatar’s weapons procurement business as part of a sting operation with the goal to stop Qatar “funding extremists.”

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The new information about Qatar allegedly funding the terrorist organization Hezbollah casts new doubt on Doha’s anti-terror partnership with the US.

According to the dossier, two Qatari charities also supplied cash to Hezbollah in Beirut “under the guise of food and medicine.” The charities were named as Sheikh Eid Bin Mohammad Al Thani Charitable Association and the Education Above All Foundation, the report said.

The dossier was viewed as relevant and authentic by top German intelligence officials, Jason G. told Fox News.

A member of the British Parliament who tracks terror finance told Fox News that the Qatari regime’s behaviour was “outrageous” and that both the UK and Belgium governments “should act decisively.”

“These allegations are very serious, particularly given that the ambassador is ambassador to NATO, and this should be investigated and appropriate action taken,” the British MP said, adding that the issue would be raised to the UK foreign secretary.


Egypt’s 14-fold population rise in 135 years a ‘national problem’: Govt. minister

Updated 03 December 2020

Egypt’s 14-fold population rise in 135 years a ‘national problem’: Govt. minister

Egypt’s 14-fold population rise in 135 years a ‘national problem’: Govt. minister
  • The rise had impacted on each individual’s share of education, health, and available resources, affecting overall demographics: minister

CAIRO: Egypt’s 14-fold population increase between 1882 and 2017 had created a “national problem” that required urgent attention, a government minister has said.

Deputy Minister of Health and Population Tarek Tawfik revealed that over the 135-year period the number of people living in the country had shot up from 6.7 million to 94.8 million.

The rise had impacted on each individual’s share of education, health, and available resources, affecting overall demographics, he added.

“(The population increase) is a national problem that needs to be solved through the collaboration of efforts between all the ministries, governmental, and non-governmental institutions, and the civil society,” Tawfik said.

He pointed out that the Egyptian National Population Council was currently drafting public policy documentation in collaboration with The American University in Cairo (AUC) aimed at resolving some of the country’s population-related issues.

Plans in the pipeline included awareness campaigns on family sizes, food and water security, and sustainability.

The council’s former rapporteur, Dr. Amr Hassan, said that a family planning project due to be launched early next year, would help to cut the birth rate in Egypt by 1 million.

Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Leslie Reed, AUC President Francis Joseph Ricciardone, and Tawfik recently launched the Strengthening Egypt’s Family Planning Program (SEFPP) youth competition, part of a $31 million initiative previously signed with the USAID to improve population health results.

Al-Mashat said that improving general healthcare, reproductive health, and family planning services were key to achieving economic empowerment for men and women.

She pointed out that the SEFPP youth competition was aimed at paving the way for the implementation of new and effective solutions to the issues and involved the Egyptian government, educational institutions and universities, youth, and civil society organizations represented by the USAID.

The program was designed to tackle the over-population problem through innovative techniques, developing youth ideas on family planning schemes, and raising awareness throughout the country.