The Israeli and Arab news here in the region continues to be fixated by the emerging details around the senior Hamas figure Mahmoud al-Mabhouh's death in Dubai – so lets continue to update you with the developments.
The headline of his elimination just won't disappear, and it is interesting how the tone of the Israeli media relates to the affair as it being an Israeli action, and that it was a failure of the Mossad and Government decision makers.
Al-Mabhouh was a murderer and a gunrunner, a bitter enemy of Israel, who evaded assassination at least twice. From Israel's security establishment's point of view, extinguishing al-Mabhouh was an important mission. It is easy to imagine how many lives were saved and how much damage was done to Hamas' military capabilities.
Regarding Dubai's investigation, the details keep seeping out as Dubai officials keep the international media's attention day by day – little by little – by releasing bits of new information.
Chiefly, an additional suspect has been revealed in Dubai. Also, DNA from one of the execution team has been identified. Lastly, there was a poison (specifically a powerful muscle relaxant) that aided in the suffocation of Mabhouh.
That brings the total to 27 who participated in the elimination of Al-Mabhouh. The additional suspect used an Irish passport. It is interesting that, presuming Israel was behind the action, and avoided using American passports – most probably out of concern over a confrontation with the US, two suspects actually fled to the United States. One of those suspects had a UK passport and the other Irish. Investigators cannot confirm that the two have now left the States but believe that they are no longer in the country.
But as the investigation broadens, so does the international involvement as British investigators arrived in Israel to interview their passport holders whose identities were stolen in the affair. Australian police are currently in route to do the same for their nationals. Australian intelligence are reportedly following three suspected of spying for Israel, who used Australian passports to enter into Iran, Syria and Lebanon.
For it's part, the Emirate has announced that Israelis are no longer welcome in their State. This applies as well to travelers with dual Nationality – one being from Israel.
We'll continue to keep on eye on things. Join me tomorrow for another update live on the Harvest Show.
Middle East Correspondent