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Israel Raises Alert Level After Overseas Attacks

Jerusalem, Feb 15: Israel on Tuesday went into a state of heightened alert following attacks in India and Georgia, and botched attempts in Thailand, accusing Iran of posing a danger not only to the region's

PTI [ Updated: February 15, 2012 7:43 IST ]
israel raises alert level after overseas attacks
israel raises alert level after overseas attacks

Jerusalem, Feb 15: Israel on Tuesday went into a state of heightened alert following attacks in India and Georgia, and botched attempts in Thailand, accusing Iran of posing a danger not only to the region's stability but the world as a whole. 


Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak said that the attempted bombing in Bangkok proves that Iran and its proxies continue operating in the ways of terror. 

“Iran and Hezbollah are relentless terror elements who pose a danger to the stability of the region and the world,” Barak said in a statement, during a visit in Singapore. 

“The Iranians and Hezbollah are determined to disrupt Israeli life and to act against Israelis all over the world,” Barak said, adding, “they want to strike at Israelis and we must act against this terror front and continue to brace for other challenges we face.”

Meanwhile, Israel police heightened their state of alert in the wake of the bombings practically fortifying all potential targets.

“Israeli police have increased the general state of alert in Israel, with emphasis on security in public places and areas, including foreign embassies and places of foreign interest, such as the airport,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Israeli security officials are trying to determine whether Israelis were the intended target of an Iranian man carrying explosives who blew his own legs off in Bangkok. 

Authorities in Thailand said the Iranian was responsible for the three explosions in Bangkok, which wounded four people, including the alleged attacker. 

Israel's foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor said it was not immediately possible to ascertain if Israelis were the target of the Bangkok attack, “but we can't rule out that possibility.”

Israel has blamed Iran and Lebanese group Hezbollah for for yesterday's attacks in New Delhi and Tblisi.

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