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Ireland Expels Israel Envoy Over Dubai Killing

Ireland says it's expelling an Israeli diplomat in punishment for the alleged Mossad use of forged Irish passports to assassinate a top Hamas official in Dubai.

Israel has refused to confirm or deny its agents' involvement in the January slaying of Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. Dubai officials say assassins using 32 fake passports - including eight depicting fictional Irish citizens - participated in the hit squad.

Irish Foreign Minister Micheal Martin said Tuesday his government is expelling one member of Israel's embassy staff in Dublin after an investigation reached "the inescapable conclusion that an Israeli government agency was responsible."

Martin says the unnamed official was not being specifically blamed for forging passports.

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