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Ireland expels Israeli diplomat

Ireland expels Israeli diplomat

Ireland announced Tuesday it's expelling an Israeli embassy official in punishment for the alleged Mossad use of forged Irish passports to assassinate a top Hamas militant in Dubai, further damaging strained Irish-Israeli relations.

Israel has refused to confirm or deny its agents' involvement in the January slaying of Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. Dubai police said Israeli agents posing as holidaymakers in the oil-rich Arab emirate killed Mabhouh in his hotel room.

They said assassins using 32 fake passports — including eight in the names of fictional Irish citizens — participated in the hit squad. The Irish foreign affairs department and Ireland's national police force, the Garda Siochana, launched parallel investigations, but said their appeals for information from Israel fell on deaf ears.

"The misuse of Irish passports by a state

Added: Jun-26-2010 Occurred On: Jun-26-2010
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