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Dubai to issue warrants for 11 in Hamas killing

Dubai police show the identity pictures of the 11 suspects
Dubai police show the identity pictures of the 11 suspects

Dubai will issue arrest warrants for 11 foreign agents suspected of involvement in the the assassination of a top Hamas military commander in his hotel room in Dubai on Jan. 20, the police chief said on Monday.

"We do not rule out Mossad, but when we arrest those suspects we will know who masterminded it. (We have not) issued arrest warrants yet, but will do soon,” police chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim told reporters.

 We do not rule out Mossad, but when we arrest those suspects we will know who masterminded it. We have not issued arrest warrants yet, but will do soon 
Dubai police chief Dahi Khalfan

He said Jordan handed over to UAE two Palestinians suspected of involvement in the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh who was staying in Dubai prior to heading for Sudan and China.

The group was made up of three Irish citizens, including a woman, six British, one German and one French, Tamim said.

He added that they awaited Mabhouh in his hotel room and suffocated him to death after his return using “advanced techniques.”

Dubai police showed video footage of the assailants entering and exiting the hotel where the Hamas leader was murdered.

Hamas says Mabhouh was "important" member of Ezzul Din al-Qassam brigades, Hamas's military wing named after a Syrian religious leader who fought British colonial forces in Palestine in the 1930s.

Mabhouhs lived in Syria since 1989 and spent several spells in Israeli custody. After his last release, "he spent his life being hounded by the Zionist occupier until he succeeded in leaving the Gaza Strip," Hamas said.

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