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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Terror warning: Hezbollah to attack Israelis abroad

Imad Mornia, who was killed in 2008

Intelligence information points to terror plot at international target frequented by Israelis

The defense establishment has recently obtained exact information regarding Hezbollah's intention to carry out a terrorist attack at a destination that is frequented by Israelis abroad, in retaliation for the assassination of a senior official over three years ago.

Hezbollah blames Israel for taking out its chief of operations, Imad Mugniyah, in February 2008According to defense establishment sources, similar intelligence was uncovered in the past, and terrorist attacks were consequently thwarted in various locations outside of Israel. In this case it appears that Hezbollah is preparing to carry out an attack that cannot be traced back to the organization, in order to avoid triggering a confrontation on Israel's northern border.

The defense establishment sources noted that the information is clear and that many Hezbollah elements are taking part in planning the attack, lead by the organization's secretary-general, Hassan Nasrallah. According to the sources, Hezbollah is seeking a location where Israelis congregate in order to avoid directly attacking Israel's border.

The Counter-Terrorism Bureau stated recently that "Hezbollah and Iran blame Israel for attacking its personnel, a fact that escalates the threat of attacks against Israelis abroad, especially senior Israeli officials and former officials who now function as businesspeople abroad."

News channels reported earlier that the intelligence information indicates that the attack might take place in the coming days, although it was not clear where.

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