German police carried out raids of NGOs and charities across the country alleged to have links to Hamas.
Around 90 properties in ten states were searched, targeted for allegations of providing “financial and propaganda” to the Palestinian organisation which is proscribed as a terrorist organisation by the European Union and the United States.
"Whoever supports Hamas under the mantle of providing humanitarian aid disregards the fundamental values of our constitution," Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said. "This also discredits the commitment of the many aid organizations that have committed themselves to neutrality under difficult circumstances."
The raids come as the Gaza Strip, which came under Hamas political control in 2007, suffers from a mounting humanitarian crisis.