Turkish authorities have arrested two more suspects in an alleged plot by Iranian nationals against Israeli citizens in Turkey, The Daily Sabah reported on Friday.
According to the report, eight people were detained on military or political espionage charges in June and were accused of planning attacks against Israelis in the country. In the first operation, five suspects were detained on June 17 in Istanbul, while one among them was released with judiciary control and a ban on travel abroad.
A further investigation led to a second operation and three others were detained on July 14 when authorities discovered suspects were doing reconnaissance work around a hotel in Taksim Square, a popular spot among tourists and a hub of hotels serving them.
Security forces have also seized three pistols, silencers and a cache of ammunition in possession of suspects, according to The Daily Sabah.
In recent months, Israelis were warned repeatedly of the threat to their lives and safety if they remain in Istanbul, and were urged to cancel all planned trips to Turkey for the time being.
In June, security forces thwarted a terror attack in Istanbul. Days later, Turkish security forces also thwarted the abduction of a former Israeli ambassador and his wife, as well as several Israeli tourists, by an Iranian terror cell.
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