After the Israeli army shut down charitable institutions in the northern West Bank city of Nablus, Hani Al Masri, spokesperson of the Palestinian Ministry of Information, stated that these Israeli acts are illegal and not logical.

Al Masri said that Palestinian resistance groups do not mix their military activities with social institutions because they know the dangers of such an act.

Israel claims that these institutions are linked with the Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas.

The Palestinian official said that Hamas will gain more popularity and public support whenever Israel attacks and shuts down charitable institutions which it runs in the Palestinian territories.

He added that the closure of these societies will not weaken the movement, but will only minimize its ability to provide humanitarian aid to families in need.

Furthermore, Al Masri said that closing these societies in an area controlled by the Palestinian Authority, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas, is an insult to the Authority which should act fast against these violations.