Hezbollah operative planning attacks on Jewish targets sentenced in Cyprus

Ron Kampeas

(JTA) — A Hezbollah operative was sentenced in Cyprus to six years in prison for planning to target Jewish and Israeli targets with explosives.

Cypriot authorities arrested Hussein Bassam Abdallah, 26, in May after finding 8.2 tons of ammonium nitrate in a home in Larnaca. He was sentenced on Monday, Reuters reported.

Abdallah, a dual Lebanese-Canadian citizen, told police that he planned to use the fertilizer in a bombing attack on Jewish and Israeli targets on the island. He confessed to being a member of Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based terrorist group.

There is a synagogue in Larnaca, and Cyprus, which is a short flight away from Tel Aviv, is a popular tourist destination for Israelis.

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