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Cyprus: We Thwarted a Hezbollah Plot to Attack Israelis

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Cyprus believes it thwarted a Hezbollah plot to attack Israelis or Jews, its foreign minister said Monday, according to the Reuters news agency.

The comments come after a 26-year-old Lebanese-Canadian man was arrested last month on charges related to the discovery of a massive amount of ammonium nitrate in the basement of a home in Larnaca.

Earlier this month, Israel said Cyprus had told the Jewish state that the fertilizer was to be used for bombs by Hezbollah, and that Israelis or Jews on Cyprus may have been intended targets.

Asked about that account, Cypriot Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said, “Your information you mentioned is correct.”

Asked whether a Hezbollah bomb plot had indeed been foiled, he said, “Most probably,” according to Reuters.

A senior Israeli official, citing information received from Cyprus, told the news agency that the ammonium nitrate was apparently intended to make a large store of bombs that would be kept “on hand” for possible future attacks.

At the same time, the official also added that it does not look like there was an immediate terrorist attack being planned.

Hezbollah has several times in the past tried to carry out terrorist attacks against Israelis outside of Israel.

In 2013, a Cyprus court sentenced a self-confessed member of the group to four years in prison after he was convicted of involvement in a plot to attack Israeli interests on the island.


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