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United Arab Emirates - Dubai: Hamas Operative Drugged, Suffocated

Published on: February 28, 2010 10:37 AM
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The father of killed Palestinian militant Mahmoud al-Mabhouh holds up a photograph of his son Photograph: Hatem Moussa/APThe father of killed Palestinian militant Mahmoud al-Mabhouh holds up a photograph of his son Photograph: Hatem Moussa/AP

United Arab Emirates - Dubai police says forensic tests show a Hamas commander was drugged and then suffocated in his hotel room.

Police officials say tests showed a substantial amount of a fast-acting muscle relaxant called succinylcholine was found in Mahmoud al-Mabhouh’s bloodstream.

The analysis was part of tests conducted after al-Mabhouh was killed Jan. 19. Dubai authorities have blamed a hit squad organized by Israel’s Mossad secret service.

The drug is sometimes used to administer a breathing tube or anesthesia.

Dubai police on Sunday also said a third Palestinian suspect is in custody. At least 26 other suspects are wanted after being accused of traveling on fake European and Australian passports.


Meanwhile an Israeli Cabinet minister says the assassination of a Hamas operative in Dubai last month shows any member of the militant Islamic group can be targeted.

Trade Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer told Army Radio on Sunday that he had no idea who killed Mahmoud al-Mabhouh. But he said the slaying shows Hamas that “none of their people are untouchable.”

Ben-Eliezer, a former defense minister, said the killing would deter other Islamic militant groups.

Al-Mabhouh was killed by assassins in a posh Dubai hotel last month. Israel says al-Mabhouh was involved in smuggling weapons into the Gaza Strip. He was also wanted by Israel for the 1989 killing of two Israeli soldiers.

Israel hasn’t confirmed or denied involvement. But its Mossad spy agency has widely been suspected.

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 Feb 28, 2010 at 11:28 AM Ben Says:

The anesthetic referred to is succinylcholine and it stops breathing by paralysing (or "relaxing") the bodies muscles (including the chest muscles through which one breathes i.e. the intercostals). It follows that: 1) suffocation by manual means would be unnecessary (after all, he wouldn`t be breathing) and 2) if he was paralysed how on earth did he "resist" their efforts to suffocate him? And if there was clear evidence that he resisted, why did it take the Dubai police 10 days to realise that he had been killed? The credibility of the Dubai police is in tatters; it would be amusing if it was not so pathetic.


 Feb 28, 2010 at 11:30 AM Eli Says:

Dubai Police Chief hungry for media attention, unfortunately nobody is interested is this anymore. OLD NEWS.


 Feb 28, 2010 at 12:08 PM Anonymous Says:

kein yovaidu kol oiyvecha hashem!


 Feb 28, 2010 at 12:20 PM von nobale Says:

Its sad that israel came in to a bunch of murderers


 Feb 28, 2010 at 01:01 PM Zindel Says:

This medication refered to as Succs. Is way to humane for this dog, its used in the hospitals as a sedative which takes away the pain of intubation in this case the suffucation. This dug dosent deserve such luxaries. A person that was in assitance of mass suecide in Israel sould've died a slow painful death.


 Feb 28, 2010 at 01:34 PM Anonymous Says:

Like the ten sons of Haman, the Nurmeburg Nazis and others, they get thier just punishment in the end. All sons of AMalek. More retribution coming.


 Feb 28, 2010 at 01:57 PM 5T Resident Says:

Why did the Mossad resort to this kind of operation? Why didn't Israel just use the tried and true method they've always used - wait for the guy to be traveling in a car in the West Bank or Gaza and then blow him up with a missile? Seems like a lot of agents went to a lot of expense and trouble just to kill one guy.


 Feb 28, 2010 at 02:24 PM Moish Says:

Do we need another 9/11 to get these morons to keep quiet???


 Feb 28, 2010 at 09:00 PM Dubai=Heaven for Terrorist Says:

Time for cleanup, nothing like doing the job with the right tools.
Justice will always prevail, distance does not matter. "capich"


 Feb 28, 2010 at 10:16 PM The Truth Says:

Even though Dubai keep claiming "Israeli Mosad were the assassins", so far, they still have no evidence it was the Israelis but they do have THREE PALESTINIANS in custody!
I believe that it was the Mosad & they managed to use/frame the Palestinians at the same time!!!


 Feb 28, 2010 at 10:28 PM Anonymous Says:

Who other than the Israeli far left and its Arab allies really gives a darn about this Hamas guy getting exactly what was coming to him? Is Israel supposed to feel sorry they dusted this Islamic terrorist clown and stand humbled and shamed in the dock before the hypocrites of the world and do a national "al chet?"


 Mar 01, 2010 at 02:18 PM Anonymous Says:

who cares how he croaked, at least the bastard is dead!


 Mar 02, 2010 at 11:10 AM Jimmy37 Says:

Dubai is lying to blame Israel for an Arab hit. If their lies have any truth, the operation involved too many non-Israelis.


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