Israelis possibly targeted by bomb-makers in Cyprus

(JTA) — Cypriot authorities discovered a small amount of explosives that reportedly may have been intended for use against Israeli targets.  

A Cypriot tabloid, Alithia, reported Thursday that Cypriot security agents had discovered 100 grams of explosives at the port in Limassol that were intended to target cruise ships carrying Israelis. The explosives, according to the report, came in the form of a pink powder.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, an expert on terrorism with ties to the Cypriot government told JTA that “unless there are other packages,” the small amount found could suggest the charge was meant to target one person in a car bomb or other small explosives devices.    

“The find may not be linked to Israelis at all, but a way for the police to send a message that they know about a pending hit,” the source said. 

Last month, Israel asked security forces around the world, including in Cyprus and Greece, to increase protection for Israeli tourists ahead of the High Holidays.

In July, Cypriot police arrested a Swedish passport-holder of Lebanese descent who allegedly was tracking the movement of Israeli tourists on the island.

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