Israel's infamous secret service involved in several high-profile incidents abroad.
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TEL AVIV - Israel's infamous secret service Mossad, suspected of being behind the murder of a top Hamas officer in Dubai last month, has been involved in several high-profile incidents and assassinations abroad.
The murdering of Mahmud al-Mabhuh in his hotel room, whose body was found on January 20, has been widely blamed on the Mossad, although no evidence has yet linked the agency, which in keeping with its assassinations tradition has kept mum.
Here are several examples of Mossad's forays abroad since 1973:
- NORWAY, July 1973: After the slaying of 11 Israeli athletes at the Munich Olympics in 1972, Israel seeks to assassinate all the leaders of Black September, a Palestinian group which was behind the attack.
In July 1973, Mossad agents kill in error Ahmed Bouchikhi, a Moroccan catering worker, at Lillehammer in Norway, in their search for Black September chief Hassan Salame. The latter is later killed by Israeli agents in Beirut.
Ten Israeli agents manage to flee Norway after the botched attack. Three others are sentenced in 1974 by an Oslo court to five and a half years in prison. They are freed after 22 months behind bars.
- CYPRUS, April 1991: A Cypriot policeman arrests four Mossad agents as they seek to plant microphones in Iran's embassy in Nicosia. Cyprus and Israel settle the affair within two weeks, the agents leaving the country on payment of fines.
- JORDAN, September 1997: Two Israeli agents are caught in Jordan as they seek to kill Hamas's political chief Meshaal by injecting him with poison.
In a coma, Meshaal is saved thanks to Jordan's King Hussein, who insists that Israel provide an antidote, on pain of severing diplomatic ties.
To secure the release of the two Mossad agents, Israel frees Hamas's spiritual guide Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, after eight years in prison.
- SWITZERLAND, February 19, 1998: Five Mossad agents are caught by the Swiss police as they install a telephone bugging system in the cellar of a Lebanese man's house near Bern.
Four of the agents are freed after fooling the policemen. The fifth is put behind bars before being freed in April of the same year. He is handed in July 2000 a 12-month suspended sentence.
- CYPRUS, November 7, 1998: Two Israelis, Udi Hargov and Igal Damari, are arrested in Cyprus in the coastal region of Zigi, for spying on the Greek Cypriot armed forces.
Cypriot police find spying equipment in their apartment, including sophisticated maps and a computer which transmits numeric messages. They are freed in August 1999.
- NEW ZEALAND, March 23, 2004: Two Israelis, Uriel Zoshe Kelman and Eli Cara, are arrested by police who trail them as they go to pick up a false passport. Sentenced to six months in prison, they are freed in September 2004.
After the affair, New Zealand suspends high-level contacts with the Jewish state.