Dubai police point to Israel and Mossad in Hamas assassination
The Dubai police chief said Thursday he was '99 percent certain' that Mossad, the Israel intelligence agency, was behind the assassination of Hamas official Mahmoud Mabhouh in the emirate in January.
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Dubai has limited leverage over Israel because it does not have official relations, but it can exert pressure in other ways, says Abdulkhaleq Abdulla, a political scientist at Emirates University in Al Ain. “They go public with the information. That’s their way of warning.”Skip to next paragraph
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In addition to distributing the 11 suspects’ photos on Interpol, the authorities will also make public their eye scans, which are routinely taken at the airport, Palestinian news agency Ma’an reported. The police have identified at least 6 more suspects, according to media reports, and arrested two Palestinians.
Palestinian spies involved?
Not everyone is convinced, however, that Mossad carried out the attack, citing how careless the suspects were about being filmed, and pointing instead to possible inter-Palestinian rivalries.
As a practice, the spy agency neither accepts nor denies responsibility for operations.
Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Thursday that the two Palestinians being held in connection with the murder worked for Palestinian intelligence and for the Palestinian Authority. The paper named the men as Ahmad Hasnin, a Palestinian intelligence operative, and Anwar Shekhaiber, an employee of the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah.
Both had lived in the Gaza Strip until 2007, then moved to Dubai and worked for a real estate company owned by a “senior official” of Fatah, the Palestinian group that controls the West Bank and is a bitter rival of Hamas, which controls Gaza. The two were arrested in Amman, Jordan, and extradited to the UAE.