Thai security elements recently arrested a Lebanese suspect who belongs to Hizbullah and who was involved in preparing a terrorist attack in Bangkok.

(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Thai security elements recently arrested a Lebanese suspect who belongs to Hizbullah and who was involved in preparing a terrorist attack in Bangkok. 

Accordingly, the National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau on January 15, 2012 issued a severe travel warning about the possibility of a terrorist attack against Israeli tourists in Bangkok in the immediate term. Therefore, Israelis are advised to:

* Avoid visiting Bangkok in the short term;
* Avoid concentrating at "Israeli" sites in Bangkok;
* Be on the alert for suspicious objects and to refrain from accepting packages from foreigners in Bangkok; and
* Be attentive to directives from local security elements in Bangkok.

On January 29, the National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued the following statement:

Activity by the Thai security forces, including the arrest of a Hizbullah agent and the discovery of a cache of war materiel, has led to the foiling of intentions to perpetrate attacks at the present time. Therefore, the NSCCTB is rescinding the severe travel warning for Bangkok. However, in light of the possibility that additional terrorist infrastructures may be operating in the region and given the sensitivity over the upcoming anniversary (February 12) of the death of Imad Mughniyeh, the NSCCTB calls on Israelis in Bangkok to remain alert.