Hezballah plot foiled in Thailand
Thai authorities say they hope they have foiled the latest plot in the Southeast Asian country to attack young Israeli tourists.Thailand has been good about cooperating with Israel and Western intelligence sources to thwart these types of attacks. Israel intelligence appears to have been key to uncovering the plot. It is interesting that Hezballah tried to abscure their ties to the operation by using agents with different passports.
Thailand’s police agency says security around locations frequented by Israeli tourists has been increased, although government officials deny published reports that as many as nine people linked to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah may still be at large in in the country.
A spokesman for the Royal Thai Police, Major General Piya Utayo, says security has been enhanced not only in Bangkok, but throughout the country.
Thai authorities say they hope they have disrupted plans for one or more attacks targeting Israelis by taking into custody two suspects.
The pair, natives of Lebanon, allegedly has ties to Hezbollah, considered by the United States and Israel to be a terrorist organization.
The arrested Lebanese men are identified as Daoud Farhat, who also holds French citizenship, and Youssef Ayad, who has a Philippines passport.
Published reports say information provided by Israel outlined plans to launch attacks at six locations in the Thai capital.