JERUSALEM, Aug. 13 (UPI) -- Hezbollah has set up command posts in Venezuela and sends operatives on intelligence missions to neighboring countries, an Israeli government official said.
Hezbollah has invested a lot of time and effort in planning attacks against Israeli or Jewish targets in Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Peru, the official told Yedioth Aharonoth Thursday.
Many of the organization's operatives are in industrial zones, particularly those linked to the oil industry, which attracts workers from the Middle East, the paper said.
Such sites provide a comfortable front for the organization, which supplies its operatives with fake passports to allow them to work undetected, the paper said.
Israel's National Security Council Counter Terrorism bureau issued travel warnings to Israeli businessmen, alerting them of plans by Hezbollah and members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to nab Israeli businessmen visiting Latin American countries and take them to Lebanon, the paper said.
Hezbollah and al-Quds brigade of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards have established scores of sleeper cells worldwide, many disguised as community centers or charity organizations, the paper said.
The jobs of the sleeper cells are to provide immediate response in the event of a significant Israeli strike against the organization, the paper said.