Paris: The suspected killers of a Hamas
leader stole the identities of French citizens, using forged
French passports to go to Dubai last month for the
assassination, France`s foreign ministry said on Thursday.
The three passports were "clearly forged" allowing the
"impersonation of French citizens," foreign ministry spokesman
Bernard Valero told reporters.
Dubai police yesterday listed a further 15 suspects in
the investigation of the killing of Mahmud al-Mabhuh, a
commander of the Hamas movement that rules the Gaza Strip, in
a luxury hotel room in the emirate last month.
Of these new suspects, six held passports from Britain,
three from France, three from Ireland and three from
"Three passports mentioned in this announcement by the
Emirates appear to be clearly forged and there was
impersonation of French citizens," Valero said.
Dubai`s police chief has said the killing was most likely
carried out by agents of the Israeli intelligence service
Britain, France, Germany and Ireland all summoned Israeli
envoys over the suspected use of fake passports in the
killing, after an initial list of 11 suspects was published.
Australia summoned the Israeli ambassador today.