An Islamic charity known as the “Orphan Children Project Lebanon” (Waisenkinderprojekt Libanon) was recently shut down by German authorities in police raids for raising millions of euros for Hezbollah and the families of suicide bombers.
The organization, based in the western city of Essen, had raised €3.3 million in donations between 2007 and 2013 for the Lebanese Shahid Foundation, a fundraising arm of Hezbollah.
Around 160 police officers searched premises across six states and confiscated cash, computers and 120 boxes of files. The raids took place in Berlin, North Rhine-Westphalia, Baden-Württemberg, Bremen, Lower Saxony and Rhineland Palatinate.
Authorities say there are around 1,000 Hezbollah supporters living in Germany.