Israel accuses Iran of building up international terror cells
Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps is building a complex terror infrastructure including sleeping cells that are stockpiling armsand are ready to act on order including in Europe and America, says Israeli defence minister
Israel’s Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon.
By Inna Lazareva in Tel Aviv
9:01PM GMT 24 Feb 2016
Israel’s defence minister has accused Iran of building an international terror network that includes “sleeper cells” that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives in order to strike on command in places including Europe and the US.
“The Iranian regime through the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is building a complex terror infrastructure including sleeping cells that are stockpiling arms, intelligence and operatives and are ready to act on order including in Europe and America,” Moshe Yaalon said on Wednesday following talks with his Cypriot counterpart in Nicosia.
Referring to Iran as the anchor of a “dangerous axis” which also included Baghdad, Beirut, Damascus, Sanaa and other cities in the region, Mr Yaalon said that attempts to establish such networks have been thwarted by Cypriot authorities in the past.
In June 2015, a Lebanese-Canadian Hizbollah member was jailed for six years after he pleaded guilty to stockpiling nine tonnes of the ammonium nitrate compound used for explosives in order to attack Israeli targets abroad, the Lebanon Daily Star reported.
In 2012, Cypriot authorities also arrested a dual Swedish-Lebanese citizen and Hizbollah operative for participating in a plot to attack Israeli tourists.
Mr Yaalon’s statement comes as Iran’s ambassador to Lebanon announced that Tehran will support the recent spate of violent protests and attacks in Israel by paying thousands of dollars to families of the Palestinians killed in the violence.
“The decision firstly includes giving an amount worth $7,000 to every family of a martyr of the intifada in Jerusalem,” Ambassador Mohammad Fathali said in Beirut, Reuters reported. $30,000 will be paid to every Palestinian family whose house has been demolished as a result of the violence, the ambassador added.
On Wednesday, an Israeli reservist soldier was killed after he was struck by stray bullets fired by the IDF at a Palestinian who was trying to stab the soldier, preliminary reports by the Israeli police stated.