The diplomatic row over the killing of a top Hamas commander in a Dubai hotel is escalating.
Dubai police believe Mahmoud al-Mabhouh’s assassination was an Israeli hit.
But three suspects thought to be involved were travelling on Australian passports.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) are investigating the affair. The Foreign Minister summoned the Israeli ambassador to Parliament House in Canberra, threatening a response.
“If the results of that investigation cause us to come to the conclusion that the abuse of Australian passports was in any way sponsored or condoned by Israeli officials, then Australia would not regard that as the act of a friend,” Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said.
Police in Dubai have identified 15 more suspects connected to the killing, most of them Europeans.
They join a list of at least 26 people being sought by the authorities.
CCTV footage shows al-Mabhouh being followed in the hotel before his death.
Some of the suspects travelled using forged passports from Britain, Ireland, France and Germany.
At an EU meeting on Monday, foreign ministers expressed their disapproval and described al-Mabhouh’s killing as ‘profoundly disturbing’.
Israel has not confirmed or denied its involvement.