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Israel assassinates operative in Dubai: Hamas

Israel assassinates operative in Dubai: Hamas

Hamas claimed yesterday that Israeli agents assassinated one of the Palestinian militant group's veteran operatives in a killing allegedly carried out in the Gulf city of Dubai last week.
The group offered no evidence for the claim, and Israel's government had no immediate comment.
The Hamas operative, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, was killed on Jan. 20, according to an announcement on a Hamas Web site.
The statement said the Islamic group holds Israel responsible for the killing but gave no details of the man's death or any explanation for the delay in making it public.
"We in Hamas hold the Zionist enemy responsible for the criminal assassination of our brother, and we pledge to God and to the blood of the martyrs and to our people to continue his path of jihad and martyrdom," read the statement on Hamas' Palestinian Information Center Web site.
The statement said al-Mabhouh was one of the founders of Hamas' military organization, which has been responsible for hundreds of deadly attacks and suicide bombings targeting Israelis since the 1980s. It identified him as having been involved in the kidnapping and killing of two Israeli soldiers in 1989 and said he was still playing a "continuous role in supporting his brothers in the resistance inside the occupied homeland" at the time of his death.
He was born in the Gaza Strip.
In Dubai, officials could not be immediately reached for comment.
Hamas rules the Gaza strip, but has leaders and operatives based in Damascus, Syria and elsewhere. The group's members abroad have been targeted in the past. Last month, two Hamas men were killed in a mysterious late-night blast in Beirut. Hamas said at the time that Israel was an obvious suspect but stopped short of openly accusing Israel of the killings.


Updated : 2021-06-17 17:56 GMT+08:00