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UK summons Israel envoy over Hamas assassination

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

London, Feb 18, IRNA -- The Israeli ambassador to Britain has been summoned over the use of forged UK passports by the alleged assassins of a Hamas official in Dubai.

The Foreign Office said that it wanted Ron Prosor to “share information” about the passports of six British citizens living in Israel that may have been stolen by Masoud to carry out the targeted killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in January.

Britain has so far stopped short of accusing Israel of involvement in the assassination, despite its long history of similar killings all over the world, but making public Thursday’s summons is seen as a clear signal of displeasure.

Dubai police are reported to have identified 11 "agents with European passports" involved in the assassination, including two with Irish documents.

Israel's ambassador to Dublin Zion Evroni has also been summoned to Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs and is expected to meet Foreign Minister Michael Martin.

The summonsing of Prosor comes after Sir Menzies Campbell, former Liberal Democrat leader and member of the parliamentary foreign affairs committee, called for the ambassador to be questioned.

"The one institution that does know whether Mossad was involved in this matter is the Israeli government and I expect that the senior civil servant in the Foreign Office will say 'well, now's your chance to tell us one way or another'," Campbell said.

Labour backbench MP Jeremy Corbyn has called for the Israeli ambassador to be expelled from the UK if he cannot provide "adequate assurances".

Israel is currently embroiled in a row with the British government over the issuing of war crime warrants that has prevented Israeli officials from visiting the UK.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband has pledged to change the law on the principle of universal jurisdiction but facing opposition from over 100 MPs in parliament.

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End News / IRNA / News Code 966698



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