Iranian attempts to attack Israelis in Turkey foiled

Israeli and Turkish officials foiled an attempted attack on Israelis by an Iranian network operating in Turkey.

 Members of special IRGC forces attend a rally marking the annual Quds Day, or Jerusalem Day, on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in Tehran, Iran April 29, 2022.  (photo credit: MAJID ASGARIPOUR/WANA (WEST ASIA NEWS AGENCY) VIA REUTERS)
Members of special IRGC forces attend a rally marking the annual Quds Day, or Jerusalem Day, on the last Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in Tehran, Iran April 29, 2022.
(photo credit: MAJID ASGARIPOUR/WANA (WEST ASIA NEWS AGENCY) VIA REUTERS)

Iranian attempts to attack Israeli targets last month in Turkey were foiled by Israeli and Turkish security agencies.

Security officials from Israel updated their Turkish counterparts on the intent to carry out an attack against Israelis on Turkish lands and asked for their assistance to foil the attacks, a source was quoted as saying by several media outlets.

The attacks were reportedly planned by an Iranian network operating in Turkey.

Iranian vengeance

The Islamic Republic has vowed to exact revenge on Israel, which is reportedly responsible for the assassination of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Col. Hassan Sayad Khodayari in Tehran last month. Khodayari was deputy commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force Unit 840, the unit responsible for terrorist operations against Israeli and Western targets outside of Iran. The IRGC suffered another loss a week later due to the mysterious death of Ali Esmailzadeh, a Quds Force general who reportedly fell to his death from the roof of his house later in May.

The reported attempted kidnapping of Israeli civilians and officials in Turkey took place a number of weeks ago, prior to the assassination, according to Israeli reports.

Furthermore, Walla reported on Monday that Turkish authorities detained the agents working for IRGC in the country. 

 Family members of Colonel Sayad Khodai, a member of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, weep over his body in his car after he was reportedly shot by two assailants in Tehran, Iran, May 22, 2022. (credit: IRGC/WANA/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS) Family members of Colonel Sayad Khodai, a member of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, weep over his body in his car after he was reportedly shot by two assailants in Tehran, Iran, May 22, 2022. (credit: IRGC/WANA/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS)

Israel prepared for Iranian attack in Turkey

Israel, according to reports, intended to send a warning to Iran to halt the operations of the IRGC’s terrorist unit, whose existence has never been confirmed by the regime.

Israel prepared for a response from Iran for the Tehran assassination by bolstering its air-defense batteries in the North amid fear of an Iranian retaliatory attack from Lebanon. The National Security Council issued a heightened travel warning against Israelis traveling to Turkey because of ongoing foreign reports claiming that Israelis traveling to Turkey and Cyprus were under threat.

In February, a previous attempt to harm Israeli businessman Yair Geller in Turkey was foiled by Israeli and Turkish defense officials.