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Israel Accuses Iran of Planning to Attack its Embassies

Israel Accuses Iran of Planning to Attack its Embassies

Wednesday, 3 February, 2021 - 06:45
Policemen at the site of the explosion near the Israeli embassy in New Delhi on Friday. AP

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for an emergency meeting of the cabinet on Wednesday to discuss what he considered “a massive Iranian terrorist attack.”


A source close to Netanyahu’s office said there were many indications that Iran has decided to avenge a series of operations carried out against it, including the assassination of the commander of al-Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani, Iranian nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, and al-Qaeda No.2 leader Abu Muhammad al-Masri, who was hiding in Tehran.


The Israeli authorities have recently uncovered plots by a group of Iranians, including Europeans of Iranian origin, who are working in an African country, to gather information about the US, Emirati and Israeli embassies.


The informed source said that Iran has decided to carry out a series of terrorist attacks on Israeli embassies, consulates, representative offices and Jewish institutions in the world, and against Emirati and American embassies. The reports require a comprehensive evaluation, the source emphasized.


Israeli sources confirmed that Israel, in cooperation with friendly intelligence networks, has managed to “thwart an Iranian plot to carry out a retaliatory operation against diplomatic targets of Israel, the UAE and the United States.”


According to the official Israeli TV channel (Kan 11), the attack was set to target an Israeli embassy in an East African country.


The channel quoted “informed Western intelligence sources” as saying that Iran has sent agents to an unidentified East African country, with the aim of gathering intelligence information on each of the Israeli, US and UAE embassies, and examining the possibility of attacking one of them.


The sources added that some of these agents were arrested in the African country.


An improvised explosive device detonated last Friday, near the Israeli embassy in the Indian capital, New Delhi. The accusation was initially directed at Iran, but Israeli and Indian security authorities ruled that out, saying that it was a primitive device, which could be placed by an individual or a group of extremists.


Indian media reported, at the time, that a message was found at the scene of the explosion, saying that the device was “just an introduction to what will happen next” and including the names of Soleimani and Fakhrizadeh.


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