In a recent development, two Iranian citizens were apprehended in Cyprus in November, suspected of orchestrating attacks against Israelis residing on the island.
The arrests were made following a joint operation by Cypriot authorities, and the individuals are currently under detention, facing deportation.
Sources suggest that the detained suspects were allegedly linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a claim that has raised concerns about potential security threats posed by such affiliations.
Authorities have issued a deportation warrant for the two individuals as investigations into their connections and motives continue.
Two Iranians have been detained in Cyprus for questioning over suspected planning of attacks on Israeli citizens living in Cyprus, a Cypriot newspaper reported on Sunday.#Israel | #Cyprus | #Iran https://t.co/ygWYhbUrIj— The Jerusalem Post (@Jerusalem_Post) December 10, 2023
This marks the third security incident in the past two years, placing Cyprus back in the spotlight for potential terrorist activities.
The first incident occurred two years ago, involving the arrest of an Azerbaijani citizen holding a Russian passport, suspected to be associated with the IRGC. The second incident unfolded in June of this year, thwarting a possible attack within Cypriot territory.
Cyprus, known for its close ties to Israel and a popular destination for thousands of Israeli tourists, has become a focal point for security concerns.
The proximity between the two countries, with a mere 40-minute flight connecting them, adds urgency to addressing potential threats and ensuring the safety of residents and visitors alike.
The detained individuals are now in Cypriot police custody, awaiting further legal proceedings.