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US House allows 9/11 families to sue Saudi Arabia for damage

Family members of a 9/11 victim trace the name as they attended the 14th Anniversary ceremony of the terrorist attacks in 2015. (Representative image) Photograph: (Getty)

Washington, US Sep 09, 2016, 07.48 PM (IST)
Families of 9/11 victims can sue Saudi Arabia for damage, the US House of Representatives has voted.

The US House passed a voice vote in favour of the bill just two days ahead of the 15th anniversary of the World Trade Centre attack that killed around 3,000 people.

The legislation is likely to shake up US-Saudi bilateral ties.

Outgoing US President Barack Obama will veto the bill, the White House said on Friday. 

The House of Representatives's legislation will have to be passed by the Senate and agreed by the president before it becomes a law.

In July, a document suggested that one of the hijackers in the 9/11 terrorist attack had connections with the Saudi government. The 28-page report also suggested a possible nexus between the Saudi royal family and al Qaeda, althoug it failed to verify its claims.

(WION with inputs from agencies)
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