29 people arrested in France for financing terrorist organizations in Syria

Paris, SANA- France on Tuesday announced arresting 29 persons during an operation which targeted an electronic network for funding terrorist organizations in Syria from which members of al-Qaeda and Daesh “ISIS” terrorists have benefited.

(AFP) quoted France’s counter-terrorism prosecutor as saying in a statement that “this operation involved 55 raids in 26 and led to the arrest of 29 people between the ages of 22 and 66 years old for their involvement in pumping money into the electronic network for the benefit of relatives who are in Syria.”

The statement indicated that this operation falls within the framework of a preliminary investigation opened on the 24th of last January in the case of terrorist financing and the formation of a gang of terrorists after monitoring a complex network of money transfers to French terrorists who are still in Syria.

The statement noted that this network has been active since the year 2019 and is mainly based on the purchase of crypto-currency coupons whose references were safely sent to terrorists in Syria, and the investigators were able to reveal the identities of two 25-year-old French terrorists operating this network.

France’s counter-terrorism prosecutor indicated that the two French terrorists arrived together in Syria in 2013 and they are affiliated to the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham terrorist organization, which is linked to al-Qaeda, and an arrest warrant was issued against them following first a 10-year jail sentence in absentia issued by the misdemeanor court in Paris on April 10, 2016.

It is noteworthy that a number of Western countries have supported terrorists in Syria and supplied them with weapons and money, and after discovering the danger of their return to their country, they tried to take measures to prevent them from doing so for fear of the terrorism which they have supported.

Ruaa al-Jazaeri

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