Hamas assassination: 10 of the new suspects' names are shared by Israelis
Dubai said Wednesday that the Hamas assassination investigation yielded 15 more suspects. The Israeli media said 10 of the new names are shared by Israelis. And while most in the region believe the Mossad carried out the hit, some evidence is emerging of ties to Iran.
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Only three people are in custody in connection with the assassination so far: Two Palestinians said to belong to Hamas' bitter rival Fatah are in custody in Dubai, and a Hamas official that has been detained for questioning in Damascus, Syria. Both the Dubai police and foreign analysts have said inside information was likely used in setting up the murder, since the killers seemed well appraised of Mr. Mahbouh's travel plans.Skip to next paragraph
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A chart the police provided to reporters on the 23 alleged assassins who traveled on the European and Australian passports appears to show there were divided into four teams: A group of eight who flew into Dubai from Zurich, Switzerland, on Jan. 18; a group of six who flew in from Rome the same day; a pair that arrived from Paris on Jan. 19; and six more who flew in from Frankfurt, Germany, on the 19th. Mahbouh was murdered in his hotel room at around 9 pm on the evening of the 19th, and his body was found by hotel staff the next morning.
All of the alleged assassins departed Dubai before 9 pm on Jan. 20, scattering on nine separate flights that eventually left them in Zurich, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Paris, and Bangkok before the trail went cold.
Despite Dubai issuing a statement about two of the suspects traveling by boat to Iran, the chart shows the departures and flight paths for all but one of the alleged killers. The Australian passport holder going by Adam Korman is shown as having left on an Emirate's flight to Hong Kong at 3:15 am on Jan. 20 and the Australian passport holder under the name Bruce Daniel is shown as having left on a Cathay Pacific flight to Hong Kong at 8:40 pm on Jan. 19.
A third Australian passport holder under the name Nicole McCabe is not shown in the chart. The reason for the discrepancy was not immediately clear.
The below Arabic news report includes stills and recently released closed circuit footage of the new suspects.