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Israeli Envoy in Argentina Fears New Attack by Hezbollah

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Terrorists belonging to the Islamic fundamentalist Hezbollah movement could launch another attack against a Jewish target here, Israel’s ambassador to Argentina fears.

Ambassador Itzhak Aviran said Hezbollah operatives might have established a network of cells in Argentina and neighboring countries.

“Hezbollah is active in Argentina and may be recruiting local personnel,” he said.

Aviran issued his comments on the eve of the fourth anniversary of a terrorist attack that destroyed the Israeli Embassy here.

Israel has accused Hezbollah of carrying out the March 17,1992, car bombing of the embassy, which killed 29 people and left more than 100 injured.

Israel has charged that Hezbollah was behind the July 18, 1994, bombings of the Jewish communal headquarters here. Eighty-six people were killed in that attack and more than 300 were wounded.

The judge investigating the 1994 bombing, Juan Jose Galeano, is now looking into the role that an Iranian woman may have played in that incident, according to sources in the Argentine judiciary.

The woman was identified by a newspaper in Urguay as Nasrin Mokhtari, also known as “Isabella.”

The newspaper, which described her as the head of a Hezbollah cell in Argentina, reported that she was the target on an investigation by the Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence agency.

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