Alert: Terrorists May Target Peres

Security agencies say terrorists may target senior officials as fourth anniversary of Mughniyeh's demise nears.

Gil Ronen ,

Shimon Peres
Shimon Peres
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Israel's security agencies see an increased danger to top Israeli official as the fourth anniversary of the death of Hizbullah senior terrorist Imad Mughniyeh nears.

According to the Yisrael Hayom daily, the alerts include tip-offs that President Shimon Peres is being targeted. The level of alert among the President's bodyguards has been raised accordingly.

Security has been tightened in events attended by the President and around the rented apartment in Jerusalem's Kfar David where Peres is residing temporarily, following the flooding of the official Presidential Residence.

A violent altercation took place Sunday between Peres' bodyguards and three Arabs from eastern Jerusalem, outside the Kfar David residence. The three Arabs drew near to the security men and uttered curses and threats. One of the Arabs was arrested but the two others escaped.

Peres was not at home at the time.