Germany has banned all Hezbollah activities on its soil, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry said on Twitter, adding that security forces are currently conducting raids against suspected members of the Lebanese movement in several German states, APA reports citing Sputnik.
"Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has banned the Shiite terrorist organisation Hezbollah in Germany", the spokesman said in a Thursday tweet.
Germany had previously distinguished between the movement's political arm and its military units.
The move was praised by Jewish groups as a "much-anticipatd and significant" decision.
“This is a welcome, much-anticipated, and significant German decision. We now hope other European nations will take a close look at Germany’s decision and reach the same conclusion about the true nature of Hezbollah", said American Jewish Committee head David Harris.