Qatar funds Hezbollah arms via gold shipments through Africa: Reports

A Hezbollah member carries his weapon on top of a building as Lebanon's Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah appears on a screen during a live broadcast. (File photo: Reuters)

Qatar operated a funding network for arms shipments from Europe to Hezbollah using gold shipments traded across Africa, according to a latest report from Austrian-based think tank Mena-Watch.

Last Tuesday, Mena-Watch released a report in which it revealed how high-ranking Qatari officials coordinated the payments and offered protection for Doha-based Hezbollah financiers.

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“General Dahlan al-Hamad used gold from Uganda to fund this arms trade,” Mena-Watch’s report alleged citing a dossier from a former Western intelligence official who spent more than 16 years investigating terror in the Middle East.

Dahlan al-Hamad is currently the president of the Asian Athletics Association as well as the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) vice-president and president of Qatar Athletics.

Mena-Watch directly interviewed the anonymous Western intelligence official known as “Jason G.” who has been leaking evidence that the Qatari government was aware of Qatari groups funding Hezbollah, which is designated as a terrorist organization by countries including the US and Germany.

“My dossier describes the Qatari financing of Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood and the past and future Iranian ones or Houthi drone attacks against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,” Jason G. told Mena-Watch.

“With the knowledge of influential government officials, donations were generated by charities in Doha," said Jason G.

The anonymous Western intelligence official specifically alleged Qatar Charity, Sheikh Eid Charity and other Doha-based charity groups have funneled $500 million in funds to Hezbollah in 2020 alone.

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