Dubai's police chief has said that Israeli officials requested the United Arab Emirates not publish pictures of the suspects involved in the killing of a Hamas official earlier this year.
Dubai says Israel's Mossad agency was behind the murder of Mahmoud al-Mabhoh in a Dubai hotel in January 2010.
'It was told to us through another party that Israel was disturbed by the release of the pictures of those involved,' Police Chief Dahi Khalfan Tamim revealed late Thursday.
According to Dubai authorities, the team that tracked and killed Mabhouh used fraudulent British, Irish, French, German and Australian passports to enter and depart from Dubai, releasing the photos.
More than half of the people identified as responsible for the killing share the names of foreign-born Israeli nationals.
Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said at the time there was "nothing linking Israel to the assassination."
Israeli officials reportedly said it would not be fair to the family of the suspects.
The UAE, which does not have formal diplomatic relations with Isreal, has identified 32 suspects by using closed-circuit television footage and immigration records.
The police chief did not disclose which body conveyed the message.
In March, Britain expelled Mossad's station chief in London after an investigation blamed Israel's secret service for cloning 12 British passports that were found among forged identity documents used by the hit squad that murdered Al Mabhouh in January.
Australia also ordered the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat after investigators concluded the state forged three Australian passports for use during the Dubai murder.
Twelve British, six Irish, four French, three Australian and one German passports were used by the 26 people believed linked to the murder, Dubai police said at the time.
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