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Oct. 7 Victims Sue Islamic Republic, Syria, and North Korea in U.S. Court

People visit the site of the Supernova music festival massacre in Re'im, January 14, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
People visit the site of the Supernova music festival massacre in Re’im, January 14, 2024. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

More than 100 U.S. citizens who were victims of the October 7 massacre in southern Israel filed a lawsuit Monday against the Islamic Republic, North Korea, and Syria, seeking at least $4 billion in damages for their alleged arming of the Hamas terrorist organization.

Initiated by the Anti-Defamation League, the action asks a federal court in Washington, D.C. to hold the three governments culpable for providing the material support to the Gaza-based jihadists that made their rampage possible.

"Iran is the world's leading state sponsor of antisemitism and terror; along with Syria and North Korea, they must be held responsible for their roles in the largest antisemitic attack since the Holocaust," ADL Chief Executive Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement on the filing.

The Hamas incursion resulted in over 1,200 fatalities and 250 being taken hostage, accompanied by instances of rape, sexual assault, and desecration of bodies.

All three defendants have been designated by the State Department as being state sponsors of terrorism.

If successful, the plaintiffs will likely need to seek compensation from the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund, established by Congress in 2015 to assist Americans who obtain judgments against terror-friendly countries that disregard American legal rulings against them.

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