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Dutch investigators arrested a father and daughter for allegedly sending over five million euros to the Hamas terrorist organization in breach of EU sanctions, prosecutors said Monday, according to a report in the AFP news agency.

The man, 55, and his daughter, 25, both from the town of Leidschendam near The Hague, were arrested on June 22 on suspicion of "large-scale financing" of Hamas, said the public prosecution service.

Investigators found cash during searches of a house in Leidschendam and a business in Rotterdam, and seized a bank balance of around 750,000 euros, they said.

"The public prosecution service suspects them of having sent money, approximately 5.5 million euros, to groups related to the organization Hamas", the prosecution service said, adding, "They are also suspected of participating in a criminal organization whose purpose is to support Hamas financially."

The pair, who remain in custody, were allegedly involved in a foundation that replaced an earlier, sanctioned organization which sent funds to Hamas, prosecutors said.

Hamas was placed on an EU terrorism blacklist after the September 11, 2001 Al-Qaeda terror attacks on New York and Washington.

In 2014, a lower EU court removed Hamas from the blacklist, but the EU kept Hamas on the list, negating the ruling in practice.

In 2017, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) reinstated the blacklist of Hamas.