On 3 March, Israel announced the arrest of one of the founder members of Hamas, Mohammed Taha, during a Gaza raid. He is the most senior figure in the organisation to be arrested since the beginning of the current intifada in September 2000. A Hamas spokesman said that the loss was a major blow, but that the struggle would continue. Taha and his sons, all five of whom were also arrested, are accused of plotting attacks against Israelis.