Germany designated the Lebanese militant and political group Hezbollah a “Shiite terror organization.” This will ban all of Hezbollah’s activities in Germany where about 1,000 Hezbollah members and supporters are located. The ban will also impact the terror group’s transnational ability to raise and launder money for its operations.

“As the authority responsible for issuing the ban, the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building, and Community is of the opinion that Hezbollah openly calls for the violent elimination of the State of Israel and questions the right of the State of Israel to exist,” the German government released in a statement.

“The organization is therefore fundamentally against the concept of international understanding, regardless of whether it presents itself as a political, social or military structure,” it added.

Horst Seehofer, the German Interior Minister, said the decision was made after assessing that the Shia group was behind “a multitude of attacks resulting in hundreds of deaths and injuries worldwide.”

Back in December, the German Parliament had passed a motion urging Chancellor Angela Merkel to act.

As a result of the government’s decision, German police raided several properties in Berlin, Bremen, and North Rhine-Westphalia on Thursday. They conducted operations at four mosques and cultural associations, and at the homes of their board members and treasurers.

The Germans may have been tipped off by Israeli intelligence. According to reports from Israel, the Israeli Mossad intelligence agency spent months gathering information on Hezbollah’s activities in Germany.

Mossad operatives turned over information to German authorities about warehouses in southern Germany where Hezbollah had stashed hundreds of kilos of ammonium nitrate, which is used to make explosives. (Ammonium nitrate was the catalyst in the Oklahoma City bombing back in 1995.)