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December 05, 2014

France Charges Charity Officials With Funding Syria Fighting

French authorities have shut down an Islamic nonprofit and charged two of its leaders with financing terrorist activities in Syria, according to The New York Times. Investigators said Pearl of Hope, which opened in 2012 with offices in Paris and Gaza, did some genuine charity work, transporting food and medical supplies to Syria, but also used the deliveries to funnel money to jihadist groups.

The Paris prosecutor's office said two Pearl of Hope officials, Nabil Ouerfelli, 22, and Yasmine Znaidi, 34, were charged with financing terrorism. Mr. Ouerfelli is also suspected of fighting with militant groups in Syria. The charity was closed in November following months of surveillance by French investigators. Pearls of Hope is among numerous European charities suspected of using aid work as a front for terror ties in Iraq and Syria.