A US judge has said 9/11 victims’ families cannot proceed with claims against Saudi Arabia, who they accuse of materially supporting al-Qaeda.

Saudi Arabia enjoys sovereign immunity, protecting the country from damage claims from the families of almost 3,000 people killed when two planes crashed into New York’s Twin Towers in 2001.

US district judge George Daniels said the despite efforts from these families to provide additional evidence against the country, their claims did not “strip defendants of sovereign immunity.”

“The allegations in the complaint alone do not provide this court with a basis to assert jurisdiction over defendants,” Daniels wrote on Tuesday.


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