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UAE denies report that it foiled Iranian terror attack against Israelis

The Emirati government wholly denies an Israeli television report that its security services arrested a number of Iranian suspects who were planning to carry out a terror attack against Israeli citizens in the country.

“The Government of the United Arab Emirates has denied media reports circulating today regarding the foiling of an alleged attack in Dubai,” it says in a statement.

Burj Al Arab, a luxury hotel, foreground, and Burj Dubai, the world’s tallest building, in background center, seen from a plane in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, January 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili/File)

Yesterday night, Israel’s Channel 12 News reported that authorities in the United Arab Emirates had arrested a number of Iranians in Dubai and Abu Dhabi over the previous few days on suspicion that they planned to carry out terror attacks there, potentially against Israeli citizens visiting the country.

In its statement, the UAE calls the information in the report “rumors,” and says they are “wholly false,” while urging “accuracy in reporting.”

— Judah Ari Gross

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