Cypriot authorities foil Iranian plot to attack Israeli targets

Two Iranians detained in Cyprus for targeting Israeli citizens

According to a Cypriot newspaper, two Iranians have been detained in Cyprus on suspicion of planning attacks on Israeli citizens residing in the country. The individuals were reportedly in the early stages of gathering intelligence on potential Israeli targets and were said to be political refugees in contact with a person linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

A senior Cyprus official declined to comment on the matter, citing national security policy. Reuters was unable to verify the details in the newspaper report.

Cyprus is a popular holiday and investment destination for thousands of Israelis, located just a 40-minute flight from Israel.

In June, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that an Iranian attack against Israeli targets in Cyprus had been thwarted, although Tehran denied any involvement in such a plot.