Tag Archive for Cyprus

Despite leaked sex-tape, UK woman accuses 12 Israelis of gang-rape, Again

Having retracted her initial complaint when a leaked sex-tape was going viral online, the 19 yr-old British woman who accused 12 Israeli teens of gang-rape in Cyprus last year, now retracts her retraction since the incriminating ‘shaming’ video that proved her claims were false, had been purged from pubic view.

By Yulia Karra|


A British teenager who accused 12 Israelis of gang-rape in Cyprus last year said she had consensual sex with one of the youths, who then called on the rest of the group to join in on the act that lasted over half an hour.

The UK woman, aged 19 at the time, was in January given a three-months suspended sentence by a district court in Paralimni for falsely accusing the Israeli teens of sexually abusing her. Continue Reading »

Three arrested, $9M Israeli “spy van” confiscated by Cypriot police

Three suspects in Cyprus are charged with violation of privacy laws and intercepting radio communications by using an Israeli-owned “spy van” outfitted with $9 million worth of hi-tech.

By i24NEWS – AFP


Cyprus arrested three people on Thursday as part of a probe into an alleged Israeli-owned “spy van” equipped with advanced surveillance tech, the police said.

The suspects, two men and a woman, all of them Cypriots, are now facing 13 charges related to violation of privacy laws, private data processing and intercepting radio communications.

According to the police, the three suspects, who are employed by the company that owns the van, are expected to appear before a court in the southern coastal city of Larnaca on Friday. Continue Reading »

Cyprus arrests 2nd Lebanese man in connection with Hezbollah bomb plot

Cyprus arrests 2nd Lebanese national, accused by Israel as Hezbollah agent, over the discovery of 5 tons of smuggled in ammonium nitrate, used in manufacturing bombs.

By Reuters


Cyprus detained a Lebanese man for questioning on Saturday over the discovery of five tons of chemical fertilizer capable of making explosives, in a case Israel says is a Hezbollah militant plot.

A Hezbollah rally in Lebanon (Photo:AFP)
A Hezbollah rally in Lebanon – Photo:AFP


The 62-year-old man, a resident of the Cypriot capital Nicosia, is the second to be arrested following the discovery of large amounts of ammonium nitrate at a home in the coastal city of Larnaca in late May. Continue Reading »

Cyprus uncovers covert Iranian terror plot across Europe from arrested Hezbollah agent

Israeli security sources believe the home in Cyprus that held 2 tons of ammonium nitrate to make explosives, was meant for an Iranian-orchestrated, Europe-wide terror campaign against Israel.


Israeli security sources are closely monitoring the arrest and investigation of a Lebanese citizen in Larnaca, Cyprus, who is suspected of being a Hezbollah operative caught in possession of a massive quantity of explosive material.


A policeman stands guard at a house where police discovered almost two tons of ammonium nitrate, in Larnaca, Cyprus, May 29. – Photo: REUTERS

Cypriot police suspect a man arrested on Wednesday was planning an attack on Israeli interests on the island after they found almost two tons of ammonium nitrate in his basement, newspapers on the island reported on Friday. Continue Reading »

Cyprus arrests Hezbollah terrorist suspected of planning terror attack on Israelis

Not the first time Cyprus picked by Hezbollah agents for planning to attack Israelis since the island hosts an Israeli embassy in Nicosia and it’s a popular holiday destination for Israelis.



Cypriot police suspect a man arrested on Wednesday was planning an attack on Israeli interests on the island after they found almost two tonnes of ammonium nitrate in his basement, newspapers reported on Friday.

The Cypriot flag – Photo: REUTERS

The 26-year-old man is Lebanese-born and has a Canadian passport. He was detained by police after authorities discovered the stockpile.

Authorities are investigating possible links to Lebanon’s Iranian-backed Hezbollah group, which views Israel as its arch enemy, three Cypriot newspapers said on Friday. Continue Reading »

Earthquake Hits Northern Israel

Mediterranean earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale shakes Cyprus and was felt as far east as the Haifa area.

By Tova Dvorin


An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale shook Cyprus Saturday night, with the effects felt as far east as Northern Israel. The two areas primarily affected were Haifa and the Krayot.

The quake’s epicenter was about 50 kilometers deep in the Mediterranean Sea, and about 80 kilometers from Antalya, Turkey.

No casualties are reported and no further aftershocks are expected.

Orit, a resident of the Kiryat Shmuel neighborhood in Haifa, described the quake to Arutz Sheva. Continue Reading »

How the West will strike Syria


British Daily Mail reports how US & British top brass prepare for possible attack in Syria, pointing out targets, including Assad’s air force & key regime facilities.

By Ynet

The British Daily Mail newspaper revealed on Monday the American-British target list in Syria and the forces likely to participate in a military operation – be it a short or a long one – in the torn Arab country.

Photo: MCT


The favored option among top brass is for limited Western action using ‘stand-off’ weapons from long distance to disrupt Assad’s ability to carry out chemical attacks and damage his military machine, the Daily Mail said. Continue Reading »

BREAKING NEWS: British Warplanes in Cyprus – Ready to Strike Syria

Guardian Reports: British warplanes and military transporters have begun arriving at an airbase on Cyprus.

By Elad Benari


In what might indicate that the British army is preparing for an attack on Syria, the Guardian reported on Monday that warplanes and military transporters have begun arriving at Britain’s Akrotiri airbase on Cyprus, less than 100 miles from the Syrian coast.

Two commercial pilots who regularly fly from Larnaca told the Guardian that they had seen C-130 transport planes from their cockpit windows as well as small formations of fighter jets on their radar screens, which they believe had flown from Europe. Continue Reading »

US Naval Analyst: Mideast Gas a Chance for US to Break from Turkey

The newly drilled natural gas fields in the Mediterranean provide the U.S. with an opportunity to break with Turkey, whose adoption of a hostile neo-Ottoman ideology to guide it in the 21st century, worries them.

By Elad Benari


The natural gas fields in the Mediterranean provide the United States with an opportunity to break with Turkey, according to Seth Cropsey, formerly the deputy undersecretary of the Navy in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations.

“Politics and alliances in the eastern Mediterranean are shifting, and the region’s security framework is splintering,” Cropsey wrote Monday in PJ Media. “The region is now divided as much within the Muslim world as between it and the non-Muslim states.” Continue Reading »

Balkan Report warns of Iranian & Hezbollah threats against Jews

Experts say weak law enforcement & security in Balkan states facilitate threats against Israeli, Jewish populations.




BERLIN – A leading Balkan-based website covering the region’s politics published in late March a comprehensive study on Israeli-Balkan relations and the threat of Hezbollah, along with its chief sponsor Iran.

Truck carries bus damaged in terrorist attack

Truck carries bus damaged in terrorist attack – Photo: Stoyan Nenov/ Reuters

“While the Israelis are, of course, concerned by the occasional manifestations of neo-Nazism, they are currently focusing on Hezbollah – and behind it, Iran – as the main potential threat to their own interests.

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Cyprus jails Hezbollah terrorist for plotting attack on Israelis

Hossam Taleb Yaacoub sentenced to 4 years in prison for plotting to attack Israeli interests in Cyprus.

US says Yaacoub’s guilty verdict demonstrates need for EU to take severe measures against Hezbollah threat.

By Reuters


A Cyprus court sentenced a member of Lebanon’s Shiite Muslim Hezbollah movement to four years in jail on Thursday on charges of plotting to attack Israeli interests on the island.

Hossam Taleb Yaacoub – Photo: AP

In a case bearing similarities to a deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria targeting Israelis last year, the Cypriot court convicted Hossam Taleb Yaccoub on five counts of participating in a criminal organization and agreeing to commit a crime. Continue Reading »

Cypriot Court Convicts Hezbollah Terrorist Over anti-Israel Plot

Dual Swedish-Lebanese citizen found guilty of membership in a criminal organization, participating in a criminal act & money laundering.

Israeli official: Abundant proof Hezbollah is, & always has been, deeply involved in terrorist activities worldwide.


A Cypriot court on Thursday found guilty a self-confessed Hezbollah terrorist who had been accused of involvement in a plot to attack Israeli interests on the Mediterranean island.

Hezbollah terrorists - Photo by EPA

Hezbollah terrorists – Photo by EPA

Hossam Taleb Yaacoub, a dual Lebanese-Swedish citizen arrested in the port of Limassol in July last year, was found guilty on five counts – including participating in a criminal organization, taking part in a criminal act and money laundering. Continue Reading »

Hezbollah terror agent passed data on Israel flights

Hezbollah bomb plot suspect testifies from Cyprus that he was told to record landing times from Israel.

The NY Times: Hezbollah paid Yaacoub $600 monthly salary.


Hossam Taleb Yaacoub, one of the suspects in a thwarted terrorist attack against Israelis in Cyprus in July, said on Friday that he was sent to record the time of arrival of flights from Israel, Army Radio reported.

Lebanon's Hezbollah supporters gesture as they march in Beirut, November 2011

Lebanon’s Hezbollah supporters gesture as they march in Beirut, November 2011 – Photo: Reuters/Khalil Hassan

According to the report, Yaacoub testified in court on Thursday that he was told by his superiors to document the landing times of flights from Israel.

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Hezbollah terror agent targeted kosher restaurants in Cyprus

A Lebanese with Swedish passport, Hossam Taleb Yaacoub 24, was arrested on attempts to harm Israeli tourists & Jewish targets in Cyprus.

Yaacoub denies the charges, but admits to being a member of Hezbollah.

By Ynet


While Jerusalem and Washington are trying to convince the European Union to add Hezbollah to terror black list, a Cyprus trial might help bring about this change.

NasrallahSix months after the arrest of Hossam Taleb Yaacoub, 24-year-old Lebanese who holds both Lebanese and Swedish passports, Yaacoub has admitted in court to membership in the Hezbollah, and gave information regarding his communications with his handler, the use of code words, and European activities of the Shiite organization, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Continue Reading »

Palestinian diplomatic mission to Cyprus upgrades to Embassy status

Cyprus continues to support the Palestinians after their successful bid last year in the UN General Assembly to have its status elevated from UN observer to ‘nonmember observer state’.


Cyprus’ foreign minister said Friday that the Palestinian diplomatic mission to her country has been upgraded to embassy status.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arriving in Cyprus last week - Amos Ben Gershon / GPO

By The Associated Press |Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arriving in Cyprus, February 20, 2012.          Photo by Amos Ben Gershon / GPO

Erato Kozakou-Marcoullis said after talks with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki on Friday that the upgrade is in line with Cyprus’ recognition of Palestinian statehood in 1988 along with seven other European countries that have also since become European Union members. Continue Reading »