Israel Warns of Kidnapping Attempts

Ad Feedback - JERUSALEM, Israel - The Israeli Counter-Terrorism Bureau said Israelis abroad face a "concrete and high-level threat" of being kidnapped or killed by Hezbollah terrorists.

The warning comes at the one-year anniversary of the assassination of the terror group's military commander, Imad Mughniyeh, killed by a bomb planted in his car in a residential neighborhood in Damascus on February 12, 2008.

Hezbollah blames Israel for Mughniyeh's assassination, though Israel denied having any involvement. Mughniyeh's widow said Syria was responsible.

"Based on our information, we believe the organization is planning one large revenge attack close to the anniversary of [Mughniyeh's] death," Brigadier General (res.) Elkana Harnof told The Jerusalem Post Sunday evening.

"All we can say publicly is that Hezbollah has gone to enormous effort to prepare various kinds of terror attacks and the big one is likely going to take place soon," Harnof said.

Harnoff said Israelis living abroad can find guidelines on the Prime Minister's Office Web site.

"You dramatically reduce the potential for harm by paying a little more attention to your surroundings and taking care to notice strange things happening around you," Harnoff said.

"Report anything out of the ordinary to the local police. Don't accept an unexpected invitation from unknown persons to a meeting or a party or a free meal," he said.

"Don't bring unfamiliar people into your hotel room, and don't enter a cab that stops of its own initiative," he said.

At Sunday's Cabinet meeting, IDF Military Intelligence chief Major-General Amos Yadlin said several factors have kept Hezbollah restrained, but they're still planning to avenge Mughniyeh's death.

"Hezbollah is intent on carrying out attacks in February to avenge Mughniyeh's death," Yadlin said. "Yet [Hezbollah] does not want a war," he said.

Source: The Jerusalem Post

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