A Hamas explosives expert, related to a weapons procurement chief assassinated in 2010, was killed by Israeli forces operating in Gaza late Saturday, the military and the Shin Bet said Sunday
Ahmed Mabhouh, the nephew of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, killed in 2010 in a Dubai hotel room by an alleged Mossad hit team in a case that made international headlines, was killed in a targeted assassination on Saturday in the Gaza Strip, officials said.
Mabhouh the nephew, 31, was a prominent Hamas member and the head of a combat engineering and bomb unit in Jabaliya, in the northern Gaza Strip, the Shin Bet said.
His activities included the concealment of rockets and the preparation of sophisticated explosive devices, a military official said, according to Ynet.
Over four years ago, Hamas weapons importer Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh was killed in Dubai in a complicated hit involving some 26 alleged Mossad operatives.
Mabhouh was a co-founder of Hamas’s military wing, Izz ed-Din al-Qassam and the group’s main liaison with Iran, according to reports. He was wanted by Israel for the 1989 kidnappings and murders of IDF soldiers Ilan Saadon and Avi Sasportas in separate incidents.
The killing made international headlines when Dubai police published photographs and CCTV footage of the alleged hit team at the airport and the hotel, carrying Australian, German, British, Irish and French passports.
It later emerged that some of the identities were fraudulent and were stolen from Israeli dual nationals, sparking a diplomatic firestorm..
Britain, Ireland and Australia, angered by the alleged use of the fake passports, expelled Israeli diplomats in the wake of the case.
Israel has remained mum about the case.