January 13, 2012
Thai police were questioning a Lebanese man with alleged links to Hezbollah militants as the US Embassy and Israel warned Friday of a “real and credible” terrorist threat against Americans and Israelis in Bangkok.
The warning comes during heightened tension over US and Israeli responses to the prospect that Iran is going forward with developing nuclear weapons. Lebanon-based Hezbollah, which has been accused of carrying out terrorist attacks in the Middle East since the 1980s, is avowedly anti-Israel and widely considered to act as a proxy for Iran.
Deputy Prime Minister Chalerm Yubamrung said Thai authorities received a tip-off before New Year’s of a planned attack, which was said to target Israelis.
“At first we were told the Palestinians were behind it but it turned out to be the Hezbollah,” he told The Associated Press. He did not say who provided the tip-off.