Israel/Palestine: No EU passports for Mossad, asks Hamas

3 February 2010 – Presseurop EUobserver.com

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Hamas has demanded that the European Union prevent Israeli security services from using EU passports to carry out targeted assassinations on its leading members,euobserver.com reports. The demand comes after Mohammed al-Mabhouh, attached to Palestinian movement’s military wing, “died in mysterious circumstances in Dubai on 20 January.” Suggesting that Mossad, Israel's national intelligence service, was responsible, “Dubai police investigating his death revealed that Mr al-Mabhouh had been poisoned by seven individuals travelling on European passports.” Hamas spokesman Ghazi Hamad told EUobserver – "The Mossad will use any means to achieve their goals, often using European passports to enter Arabic countries." Israeli officials will neither confirm nor deny their country's responsibility for the killing, although it has accused the deceased of having smuggled rockets from Iran to militants in Hamas-controlled Gaza, the website reports.

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