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Israel accuses Hizbullah of planning attacks in Turkey.

Byline: Daily Star Staff

Summary: Just two days after Israeli spy devices were blown up in South Lebanon, the Israeli media has claimed Hizbullah is planning attacks against Israel and American interests in Turkey and that the group could get its hands on Russian missiles being delivered to Syria.AaAccording to a report published by the Ynet news website, Hizbullah is planning attacks on Israeli tourists, synagogues, airplanes and vessels in Turkey.

BEIRUT: Just two days after Israeli spy devices were blown up in South Lebanon, the Israeli media has claimed Hizbullah is planning attacks against Israel and American interests in Turkey and that the group could get its hands on Russian missiles being delivered to Syria.AaAccording to a report published by the Ynet news website, Hizbullah is planning attacks on Israeli tourists, synagogues, airplanes and vessels in Turkey.Aa

"Turkish police warned its units in Istanbul, Ankara and Izmir, saying Hizbullah might have already gathered intelligence ahead of a possible attack on Israeli and American institutions in the three major cities," Ynet said, citing a report published by the Turkish news website Haberturk.Aa

The Turkish website alleged the attacks are being planned by Hizbullah member Abbas Hussein Zakr to avenge the February 2008 assassination of Hizbullah military commander Imad Mughniyeh, who was killed in a Damascus car bombing. Hizbullah has blamed his death on Tel Aviv.Aa

Also on Tuesday, Israeli daily Maarev reported Tel Aviv is concerned by a recent weapons deal between Russia and Syria that will see Damascus provided with Yakhont anti-ship missiles, arguing the weapons could be passed onto Hizbullah.Aa

The reports come after explosions early Sunday morning in Lebanese farmland between the southern villages of Meis al-Jabal and Houla as Israeli espionage devices were detonated. At least two are thought to have been remotely blown up by Tel Aviv.Aa

The Lebanese Armed Forces and UNIFIL have launched a joint investigation into the explosions, with Lebanese daily As-Safir reporting UNIFIL will soon call for a tripartite meeting to discuss the incident.Aa

Hizbullah issued a statement Sunday saying its discovery of the devices, which it claimed were installed shortly after its 34-day conflict with Israel in July 2006, had prompted Tel Aviv to destroy the devices.Aa

But UN peacekeeping force UNIFIL said initial evidence suggested the explosions were caused by unattended charges laid down by the Israeli Army "apparently during the 2006 war." -- The Daily Star

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Israel frets French aid in uncovering spy rings

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BEIRUT: French daily Le Figaro said that Israel, after its failure in the summer 2006 war with Lebanon, committed a "huge mistake" by rushing to recruit scores of agents in Lebanon.

Hizbullah was quickly alerted and used refined Russian techniques to bust spies and spying devices.

Previously, Israel has reportedly complained to Paris over its assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces which played a role in uncovering Israeli spies in Lebanon.Aa

French Le Figaro daily said the Israeli complaint was about wiretapping devices donated to Lebanese security agencies to help uncover those involved in former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri's assassination. However, such equipment was used to unveil Israeli spy rings too.Aa

Al-Akhbar daily said Paris ignored the complaints, saying the assistance "was part of efforts to unveil the truth" in Hariri's February 2005 murder. French authorities have reportedly said that technical assistance to Lebanon "goes back to past decades." -- The Daily Star, with Naharnet

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Date:Oct 21, 2009
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