Ireland has joined the UK in summoning the Israeli ambassador to explain how fake passports were used by the alleged assassins of a Hamas commander.
Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was killed at a hotel in Dubai in a hit typical of the Israeli secret service Mossad.
Dubai police say six passports of Britons who had emigrated to Israel were used by the killers. In London, the foreign office demanded an explanation from the Israeli ambassador.
Afterwards the Israeli ambassador to London Ron Prosor said: “As you know it is not the usual way to talk about what happened in those kind of meetings.”
Investigators also said the identities of three Irish citizens had also been used by the killers. One of them, according to the Irish Foreign Minister had never been to the Middle East.
The Israeli ambassador to Dublin was also summoned to discuss concerns Ireland has over the safety of its citizens abroad.
The foreign minister Michael Martin said: “We do know that two of the three we’ve contacted are regular travellers and indeed one would have been travelling this weekend, and that person could very well have been arrested because of the information that has emerged from Dubai.”
There was a memorial rally for Mabhouh in the Gaza Strip where Hamas officials vowed never to rest until they reached his killers. Israel has neither confirmed nor indeed denied that it was Mossad agents who carried out the murder. Hamas though is convinced that Israel either assassinated Mabhouh, or had a hand in his killing.