Turkish media reports that the intended target of an Iranian terror cell in Istanbul was Yosef Levi Sfari, Israel’s former consul general in the city, who was rescued by authorities and sent back to Israel “in a movie-like operation.”
According to the Ynet news site, the reports say the Iranian assassins were staying at the same hotel in which Levi Sfari and his partner were staying as part of a private vacation.
The reports say seven of the eight terror cell members have been brought before a judge to extend their remand. Their alleged target after Levi Sfari was Israeli tourists.
Turkish authorities reportedly tracked the cell’s movements since they entered the country, and they were caught “red-handed, at the last moment,” holding weapons.