Turkish authorities arrested five Iranians suspected of planning attacks on Israelis with pistols and silencers, according to media reports.
(Al Jazeera) – Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid thanked Turkey on Thursday for helping foil an Iranian plot to harm Israelis in Istanbul and said the effort was still under way.
Turkish authorities arrested five Iranians suspected of planning attacks on Israelis ahead of Lapid’s visit, Turkish media reports said earlier in the day.
Lapid warned Israel would not “sit idly by’ in the face of threats to its citizens from Iran.
“The lives of Israeli citizens have been saved in recent weeks thanks to security and diplomatic cooperation between Israel and Turkey,” Lapid said during a visit to Turkey. “These efforts are ongoing.”
Lapid arrived in Turkey on Thursday for talks with Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu as the two countries press ahead with efforts to repair ties strained over Turkey’s strong support for the Palestinians.
Hurriyet newspaper reported Turkish authorities arrested five Iranian nationals on Wednesday suspected of involvement in an alleged plot to assassinate Israeli citizens in Istanbul.
Police seized two pistols and two silencers in searches conducted in houses and hotels where the suspects were staying, according to the report.
No immediate response from Iran was available.