(Communicated by the IDF Spokesman)

In a joint IDF and Civil Administration operation in Tulkarm and Nablus which took place early this morning, May 26, 2006, security forces sealed three offices belonging to Hamas’ "Daawa" organizations.

Under the guise of charity associations, the "Daawa’" organizations function as a system for the flow of terror funds.

The "Daawa’" organizations were declared illegal because of the financial support they provide for families of suicide bombers and imprisoned terrorists. This financial and social support provides an incentive for terrorists to carry out attacks and increases public support of these terror organizations.