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Dubai to seek Israel PM for Hamas killing: report

Dubai police chief Khalfan said Israel's Mossad could have been behind the killing of Mabhuh (File)
Dubai police chief Khalfan said Israel's Mossad could have been behind the killing of Mabhuh (File)

Dubai will issue an arrest warrant for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if Israel is found to be implicated in the murder of a top militant Palestinian in the emirate, The National newspaper reported on Friday.

Dubai police chief Dhahi Khalfan said that Israel's spy agency Mossad could have been behind the Jan. 20 killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhuh, a founder of the military wing of the Palestinian movement Hamas, in a luxury hotel room.

Hamas has blamed Israel for killing Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, one of its top military commanders, in a Dubai hotel last month. Israel has declined to comment.

Police in the United Arab Emirates have said they suspect a foreign "criminal gang" of killing Mabhouh in his hotel room, and are looking into the possible involvement of Israel's spy agency.

Netanyahu "will be the first to be wanted for justice as he would have been the one who signed the decision to kill al-Mabhuh in Dubai," The National quoted Khalfan as saying.

"We will issue an arrest warrant against him," said the English-language newspaper published in Abu Dhabi.

It quoted Khalfan as saying Mabhuh was killed using a "Mossad method," but did not elaborate.

"Mossad method"

 We will issue an arrest warrant against him 
Dubai police chief Dhahi Khalfan

The police chief said Mossad "has carried out operations" previously using similar methods as those used in the Mabhuh murder.

The paper quoted police sources as saying Mabhuh arrived in Dubai on Jan. 19 at 3:15 p.m., and was dead within five hours.

His killers had been in the country less than 24 hours before the murder and left before the body was discovered at the luxury al-Bustan Rotana hotel near the airport.

Mabhuh was in charge of arms purchases for the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of the Islamist Hamas group that rules the Gaza Strip.

Tamim gave no indication police had evidence against Mossad, but his comments to the newspaper reflect widespread belief in the Muslim world that Israel assassinated Mabhuh, who engineered the capture of Israeli soldiers in the 1980s during a Palestinian uprising.

Like most Arab countries, the UAE has no diplomatic ties with the Jewish state and Israelis are routinely denied entry. Notably, it refused a visa for Israeli tennis player Shahar Peer to take part in a $2 million tournament in Dubai last year.

But the UAE does business with Israeli companies and has hosted Israeli officials. Infrastructure minister Uzi Landau attended a renewable energy conference in the UAE last month, the first visit by an Israeli minister.

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