Inside the Zahra Centre in Paris

This picture taken on October 2, 2018 shows an Israeli flag coloured foot mat at a door outside the Zahra Centre, the headquarters of a a Shiite Islamic association in Grande Synthe, northern France, after it was raided by 200 police men as well as the homes of its leaders who are suspected of supporting ‘terrorist organisations.’

– Eleven people had been arrested while French authorities also froze the financial assets of the centre which is headed by Yahia Gouasmi, who is known for his anti-Zionist views and links to Iran.

Police have been closely following the activities of the Zahra Centre ‘because of the strong support by its leaders for several terrorist organisations and in favour of movements backing ideas that are contrary to the values’ of France.

On its website, the association says its purpose since its foundation in 2009 has been ‘to make known the message of Islam through the eyes of the Prophet and his family.’ It was unclear whether the arrests were linked to a suspected plot in France to bomb a gathering of Iranian opposition group the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in June. (Photo by PHILIPPE HUGUEN / AFP) (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

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