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Israel fears revenge attacks on citizens in UAE following Iranian nuclear scientist assassination

The UAE is expecting tourists from Israel after a recent normalisation deal [Getty]

Date of publication: 30 November, 2020

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Israeli tourists in the UAE could be targets in revenge attacks, according to media reports.

Israeli security forces fear that its citizens in the UAE could be the target of revenge plots, following the assassination of an Iranian nuclear scientist over the weekend.

Israel's Channel 12 said that the country's intelligence agencies are working with the UAE on security for Israeli tourists travelling to the Gulf state and who might be at danger after suspicions its intelligence agencies were behind the killing.

Emirati and Israeli officials are reportedly holding talks on security arrangements for Israeli tourists set to visit the UAE after the September normalisation agreement between the two countries.

Leading Iranian figures have pointed the finger of blame at Israel for the assassination of nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh in Tehran over the weekend.

Israeli officials have also anonymously told newspapers, such as The New York Times, that Israeli officials were behind the killing.

Tehran has vowed revenge for the killing of Fakhrizadeh, one of the leading figures in Iran's nuclear programme.

Israel has ramped up security at its embassies worldwide and is preparing for possible cyberattacks on its infrastructure.

One hard line Iranian newspaper called for on the Israeli city of Haifa to be targeted and that any revenge attack should cause "heavy human casualties", according to Times of Israel.

The US assassination of Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani in January led to retaliatory missiles strikes on Iraqi bases housing American soldiers.

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