After Foiling Hezbollah Plot, Thailand Increases Security Around Israeli Hotspots

Despite heightened alert levels in Bangkok and elsewhere, authorities deny there may be more operatives at large.

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Thailand army soldiers in Bangkok, February 27, 2014.Credit: AP

Thai authorities have increased security measures in locations frequented by Israelis, following the arrest of two Hezbollah members who admitted to planning an attack on Israelis.

According to a report in Voice of America, however, the authorities denied reports of more militants at large.

“Thai security agencies remain vigilant," Thai Foreign Ministry’s information department spokesman Sek Wannamethee told VOA News. "They work closely with all security units, particularly with the Israelis and with other countries. Because the fact is that Thailand is a destination for tourists and it’s an aviation hub in Southeast Asia. That is one of the downsides of being an aviation hub.”

The two suspects are Daoud Farhat, a Lebanese national who also holds French citizenship, and Youssef Ayad, a Lebanese man who is a citizen of the Philippines.

The men arrived in Bangkok on April 13, and police suspect they were planning to direct an attack on Israeli travelers during Passover.

Thai authorities are searching for an additional suspect named Bilal Bahsoun, whose whereabouts are unknown. Police suspect he is may no longer be in the country.

VOA News cited media reports suggesting that the target of the attack was Khao San Road, an area frequented by Israelis.