Sky TV: Britain to expel Israeli diplomat

London–Britain will expel an Israeli diplomat over the use of forged British passports in an assassination in Dubai, Sky News television reported on Tuesday, without disclosing its sources.

The Foreign Office declined to comment but said Foreign Secretary David Miliband would make a statement on the matter today.

Sky News said it did not know the level of seniority of the diplomat who faced expulsion.

The Israeli foreign ministry said it had no immediate comment on the report. Spokesman Yigal Palmor said he was checking the details of the report.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied a role in the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a military commander from the Palestinian organization Hamas, in a Dubai hotel room in January.

Dubai authorities have named 27 alleged members of the team that tracked and killed the Palestinian, and said they used fraudulent British, Irish, French, German and Australian passports to enter and depart from Dubai.

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