British Media: Gov't. Knew of Dubai Operation

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JERUSALEM, Israel - According to one British newspaper, Israel informed UK officials of a pending operation in Dubai, including the use of falsified passports.

British officials have vowed to uncover the trail leading to the use of fake British passports in the assassination on January 20 of senior Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel.

But Britain's Daily Mail reported that the Foreign Office knew of an "overseas operation" using fake passports, according to a reliable British security source quoted in Friday's report.

"This is a serving member of Israeli intelligence. He says the British government was told very, very briefly before the operation what was going to happen.

"There was no British involvement and they didn't know the name of the target. But they were told these people were traveling on UK passports," the source told the Daily Mail. "It wasn't a request for permission, but rather a courtesy call," he said.

According to the source, the Mossad agent said Israeli intelligence knew British officials would need to "slap them on the wrist."

Meanwhile, Dubai Police Chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim called on Interpol to issue a "red notice," or arrest warrant, for Mossad chief Meir Dagan.

And a senior Hamas official told the Arabic-language paper al-Hayat that the two Palestinians deported by Jordan to Dubai last week were both members of the Palestinian Authority security forces.

Some reports claim that one of them confessed to his role in the operation.


YNet news contributed to this report.

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