Australia warns Israel over faux passports in Dubai assassination of Hamas chief

The Land Down Under is none too happy to have itself added to the slew of nations caught up in the passport fiasco surrounding the targeted killing of a top Hamas chief by an elaborate hit squad.


A day after it was announced by Dubai police that more false passports were found to have been used by another 15 assassins, Australia has issued a statement condemning Israel, whom authorities have blamed for the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh.

"I made it crystal clear to the [Israeli] ambassador that if the results of that investigation cause us to come to the conclusion that the abuse of Australian passports was in any way sponsored or condoned by Israeli officials," said Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, according to CNN, "then Australia would not regard that as the act of a friend."


Since the January 20 murder of Mabhouh in a Dubai hotel, 26 suspects have been named by authorities. Photos have been released of the suspects, taken from passports that were falsely obtained and most are believed to have utilized stolen identities.

Mabhouh, who was reportedly in the United Arab Emirate to help smuggle weapons into Gaza, was found dead at the Al Bustan Rotana hotel.