Iran's attack on Israel
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Argentine security forces heightened their alert levels following Iran's attacks against Israel and increased protection of several key facilities belonging to the Jewish community, the largest in Latin America.

Local outlet Infobae reported that the Israeli embassy in Argentina and other buildings are under increased security throughout the country, a treatment that airports have also received.

The triple border, which separates Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay is also a focus of interest, as different terrorist organizations are reported to operate there, taking advantage of the porous enforcement.

Lebanon-based Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy, has been reported to have a presence in the region.

"We've increased security levels on targets, places and spaces we believe are more sensitive at this moment of confusion. We can't say much more than that, we're following the developments by the minute and make more decisions based on that," said presidential spokesperson Manuel Adorni when asked about the issue.

The Javier Milei administration made the decision to increase alert levels partly given the country's history with terrorist attacks against the Jewish community.

Just last week, the Argentine Judiciary determined on Thursday that two terrorist attacks against the Jewish community in the country during the 1990s were ordered by Iran and carried out by Hezbollah.

The Cassation Court, the highest criminal court in the country, said that both the bombing of the Israeli embassy in Argentina in 1992 and of the AMIA Jewish community center in 1994 were a "strategic and political maneuver" by the Middle Eastern country.

The court added that the AMIA bombing, in which 85 people were killed and over 300 injured, was a "crime against humanity," a term that could lead the country to take Iran before international courts.

The attack against the Israeli embassy two years before ended up with 22 people dead and 242 wounded.

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