Britain Expells Israeli Diplomat over Forged Passports

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JERUSALEM, Israel - Britain has expelled an Israeli diplomat in retribution for using forged British passports in the assassination of Hamas operative Mahmoud al-Mabhou in Dubai in January, the Daily Telegraph reported.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said they expelled the unnamed diplomat after summarizing the findings of a ministerial committee investigating the incident.

According to the report, the committee was unable to definitively determine if Mossad was behind the operation, so Miliband will also name Israel's Military Intelligence Directorate for its alleged involvement.

Earlier this month, Britain sent investigators to Israel to question eight people with dual Israeli-British citizenship whose identities were used by the hit team.

On Monday, the British Foreign Office summoned Israeli Ambassador Ron Proser to present the conclusions of the Dubai investigation.

The Foreign Office told Proser the information was captured in passport control when travelers with dual citizenship were told their passports were being checked - a process that took about 20 minutes.

Shortly after the assassination, Dubai police identified 27 members of the alleged hit team and accused the Mossad of behind the operation.

Dubai Police Chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim said they were "99 percent, if not 100 percent" certain the Mossad was responsible.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied its part in the assassination.

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