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Ireland to expel Israeli diplomat


The Irish government says it will expel an Israeli diplomat following the use of forged passports in the assassination of a senior member of Hamas.

Agents from the Israeli security service Mossad remain the prime suspects behind the killing, something Israel has neither confirmed or denied.

A probe revealed that eight Irish passports were used in the covert operation, something Ireland’s Foreign Minister Michael Martin said was “clearly unacceptable.”

Dublin’s decision follows similar expulsions by Britain and Australia because of the use of fake documents from their countries.

Hamas’ Mahmoud al Mabhouh was discovered dead in his hotel room in Dubai in January, where it is thought he may have been trying to buy weapons for the Palestinian Islamist movement.

French and German passports were also used in the hit and Berlin is seeking the extradition of a suspected Israeli agent who was arrested in Poland last week.

Police in Dubai say 26 people used false passports to carry out the killing of Mabhouh. Interpol has also placed 11 suspects on its wanted list.

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