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Israel boosts security around embassies abroad

Following disappearance of senior Iranian general in Turkey, defense establishment orders to tighten security around missions, officials abroad, for fear of revenge

Yossi Yehoshua
Published: 03.06.07, 10:17 / Israel News

The defense establishment has ordered to boost security around Israeli embassies and senior officials traveling abroad, in light of media reports Israel may have had a hand in the disappearance of an Iranian general.


Israel has already denied being involved in the vanishing of General Ali-Raza Asgari, but following speculations in the Arab press that the Mossad and CIA were behind the disappearance, it was decided that Israeli targets may be under threat.


The Shin Bet reported it will evaluate what kind of security arrangements are needed at missions abroad and around officials, in accordance
with new intelligence and developments on the ground.


General Asgari, 63, had served for many years in the Iranian Revolutionary Guards, and at the beginning of the 1990s held a senior position at the Guards' branch in Lebanon. One of the general's missions was to tighten Iran's ties with Hizbullah and supervise the transfer of Iranian instructors to Hizbullha's training camps in Lebanon


Upon his return to Iran, Asgari was promoted to deputy defense minister.


On Monday, Iran published an official statement saying that Asgari has been missing since February 7. Tehran ahs also asked Turkey to help with the investigation, as it is believed that the general disappeared after arriving in Istanbul.


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