Israel accuses Iran of attack attempt against Israelis in Cyprus

Israel has accused Iran of orchestrating an attempted attack against Israelis in Cyprus after police on the Mediterranean island said an armed individual had been arrested.

“This was a terrorist incident directed by Iran against Israeli businesspeople living in 키프로스,” Matan Sidi, spokesperson for the Israeli prime minister, Naftali Bennett, 성명에서 말했다.

Asked to comment, the embassy of 이란 in the Cypriot capital, Nicosia, said in an emailed statement: “This regime [이스라엘] is always making such a baseless allegation against the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

Earlier on Monday, the chief of Cypriot police, Stelios Papatheodorou, told reporters: “A person has been arrested, in whose possession a pistol and cartridges were found.

“It is a sensitive case, which is why a remand request was held behind closed doors.”

Cypriot media, citing a police source, have reported that the suspect, who has not been charged, was arrested on 27 September in Nicosia, just after crossing by car from a checkpoint linking the Turkish-controlled north and the southern parts of the ethnically divided island.

A silencer was also found in his vehicle, the reports said. He was widely reported as being an Azeri holding a Russian passport, aged either 38 또는 39.

The suspect was taken before a magistrates court which approved an eight-day remand request from police last week. By law, police need to petition court for any extension of his remand.

Israel appeared to hint that its intelligence services had contributed to Cyprus’ foiling of the suspected attack plot.

“There are security threats. As you can see, 그만큼 [internal security agency] Shin Bet, 그만큼 [intelligence agency] Mossad, all of the security forces know how to handle them,” the Israeli foreign minister, Yair Lapid, told reporters when asked about the incident. “The fact is that we’re there. We’re minding matters.”

Cypriot media have also reported that the suspect was on the island for about 20 days prior to his arrest and rented two cars in succession. They said he used an electric scooter to travel frequently to the north side of the island via a pedestrian crossing.

In his statement, Sidi denied local media reports on Sunday that described the arrest as having thwarted a criminally motivated assassination attempt against Teddy Sagi, an Israeli magnate.

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