´Cyprus: Lebanese man planned attacks on Israelis´ (JERUSALEM POST) By YAAKOV KATZ 07/15/12)
JERUSALEM POST Articles-Index-Top
Young Lebanese national arrested while holding a Swedish passport,
details about Israeli tourists, media in Cyprus report.
An attack against Israeli tourists in Cyprus appears to have been
thwarted with the arrest of a Lebanese man who had been tracking
Israeli tourists on the island, Cypriot security authorities revealed
The 24-year-old man, thought to be a Swedish passport holder of
Lebanese extraction, was arrested on July 7 and was being detained
following remand hearings held behind closed doors, Sigma TV
reported. He has not been charged with any offense.
Police spokesman Andreas Angelides said: "We can confirm the arrest
of a 24-year-old foreign national for specific, serious offenses, and
who is in custody by order of the court."
It was not the first time that a Lebanese-Swedish national has been
accused of plotting attacks against Israeli targets. In January, Thai
authorities arrested Hussein Idris, a Lebanese-Swedish national
together with another Lebanese man on suspicion that they were
plotting a series of bomb attacks against Israeli targets in Bangkok.
Due to the attacks, Israeli diplomats have been on high alert amid
predictions that Hezbollah is trying to avenge the assassination in
2008 of its military commander Imad Mughniyeh, which it attributes to
Sigma TV´s web portal reported the man had been tracking the movement
of Israeli tourists on the island, while Cypriot newspaper
Phileleftheros said he was attempting to pinpoint areas frequented by
Israeli tourists and the buses they used.
A government source said the arrest took place following information
from foreign intelligence agencies. Other media reported that the
Mossad had provided Cypriot officials with information about the
"It is not clear what, or whether there was a target in Cyprus. That
is under investigation," a senior government official told Reuters.
Cyprus lies just west of Syria and Lebanon but has been largely
unscathed by the violence and upheaval rattling the Middle East. Its
last major security incident was a botched car bomb attack on the
Israeli embassy in the capital Nicosia in May 1988 which killed three
people. Reuters contributed to the report. (© 1995-2011, The
Jerusalem Post 07/15/12)
Return to Top
MATERIAL REPRODUCED FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY