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Israeli missions, Jews around world said on alert after hit on Iranian scientist

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Israel has raised alertness in its embassies around the world in the wake of the assassination of Iran’s top nuclear scientist, Tehran’s finger-pointing at Israel and the Islamic Republic’s vow to avenge his death, according to television reports Saturday.

Jewish communities across the globe are also taking precautions, according to Channel 12 news.

The Foreign Ministry has refused to comment on security arrangements.

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Multiple top Iranian officials have blamed Israel for the death of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the alleged mastermind of Iran’s rogue nuclear weapons program, and vowed to avenge his death. The New York Times also reported that Israel was behind the attack, citing three unnamed intelligence officials.

Fakhrizadeh died in a bombing and shooting attack outside Tehran Friday.

Iran and Hezbollah have been accused of targeting Israelis and Jews around the world on multiple occasions, and Israeli and Jewish sites are seen as prime targets for reprisals following alleged Israeli attacks.

Tehran also has forces at its disposal all around Israel, including troops and proxies in neighboring Syria, Hezbollah in Lebanon and Islamic Jihad — and to a lesser extent Hamas — in the Gaza Strip.

There has been no word so far of the Israeli military raising its alertness level along the country’s borders. Israeli army forces seen stationed near the border between Israel and Lebanon in the Golan Heights, on July 27, 2020. (David Cohen/Flash90)

Israel has long been suspected of carrying out a series of targeted killings of Iranian nuclear scientists nearly a decade ago, in a bid to curtail Iran’s nuclear program. It made no comment on the matter Friday.

After years of being in the shadows, the image of Fakhrizadeh suddenly was to be seen........

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