Seven states in Germany witnessed on Wednesday morning raids by local authorities on groups linked to Hezbollah, namely in Hamburg, Hesse, North Rhine-Westphalia, and Rhineland Palatinate.
These 3 groups across Germany, alleged to be “Lebanese militant groups,” were officially banned back in mid-April for reportedly collecting donations for Hezbollah‘s fighters and its martyrs’ families, and encouraging the Iran-backed Lebanese party’s attacks.
The decision came into effect on Wednesday, leading to the police raiding the groups of People for Peace, German Lebanese Family, and Give Peace in various German states.
Germany accused them of covering up their operations with humanitarian and religious goals while collecting funds to support Hezbollah.
The spokesman for the Interior Minister stated, “Those who support terrorism will not be safe in Germany, regardless of the garb in which their supporters appear, they will not find a place of retreat in our country.”
Germany had already designated Hezbollah as a terrorist organization in 2020 and banned its activities on German territories.
Local intelligence agency estimates that there are over 1,000 active Hezbollah members and supporters in Germany who are organizing illegal fundraising activities for Hezbollah in Lebanon.