Netanyahu: Cyprus terrorist plot 'part of Iranian plan'

July 15, 2012 19:11


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Israel on Sunday blamed Lebanon's Hezbollah and its Iranian sponsors for the planned attacks against Israeli targets in Cyprus.

In a statement, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu referred to the incident as "the attempted terrorist attack by Hezbollah against an Israeli target in Cyprus". He accused the Shi'ite guerrilla group's sponsor, Iran, of overall responsibility.

"This terror is conducted under Iran's auspices. It is part of the Iranian plan," Netanyahu said.

The statement comes after police on the Mediterranean island arrested a foreigner on suspicion of tracking the movement of Israeli tourists on the island. The suspect, who was arrested in Limassol port on July 7, was described by Cypriot media as a Swedish passport-holder of Lebanese descent.

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