Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi who oversaw security committee which put Italy on max alert.

Italy on maximum security alert

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Italy is on maximum alert for potential security threats after Iran’s attacks on Israel at the weekend.

 Interior Minister Matteo Piantedosi oversaw a meeting of the national order and public security committee, with the heads of the nation’s police forces and intelligence agencies, on Monday.

Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani and Defence Minister Guido Crosetto, meanwhile, reported on the situation to a joint session of the Lower House and Senate foreign affairs committees Monday evening.

On Sunday, Premier Giorgia Meloni chaired a video conference meeting of the G7 Heads of State and Government during which a joint declaration “unequivocally” condemning the attack was adopted.

“We express our full solidarity and support to Israel and its people and reaffirm our commitment towards its security,” said a statement released by the Italian duty presidency of the G7.

“With its actions, Iran has further stepped toward the destabilisation of the region and risks provoking an uncontrollable regional escalation. This must be avoided. We will continue to work to stabilise the situation and avoid further escalation.

“In this spirit, we demand that Iran and its proxies cease their attacks, and we stand ready to take further measures now and in response to further destabilising initiatives.

“We will also strengthen our cooperation to end the crisis in Gaza, including by continuing to work towards an immediate and sustainable ceasefire and the release of hostages by Hamas, and deliver increased humanitarian assistance to Palestinians in need.”

Lone wolves are main risk

The main risk to national security comes from the potential actions of lone wolves, said the Viminale sources.

Italy’s security apparatus is also paying great attention to irregular migratory flows to intercept potentially dangerous subjects, the sources said. In this regard, they stressed, controls remain in place at the eastern border.

Security at sports events extremely high

Attention to security at upcoming sporting events in Rome is extremely high, Prefect Lamberto Giannini told an event on fighting cybercrime in the capital Monday.

“On all events there is a great deal of attention,” said Giannini on the sidelines of the conference “Cybercrime and cyberterrorism, prevention strategies and contrast” in progress at the Lumsa University.

“There are spectator-by-spectator monitoring services.

“Also, because I remember that in November 2015, which remained famous for the Bataclan events, there was an attempted attack on the Stade de France.

“So certainly there is attention.

“Every event is studied and analysed and services are set up to manage it safely,” he said.

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