The mother of Palestinian Mahmoud Al Mabhouh, who was killed in Dubai, holds a photo of him at their home in the Jebaliya refugee camp, northern Gaza Strip. Image Credit: AP

Gaza: The Israeli intelligence unit, Mossad, remains to be the first suspect in the investigation of the killing of Hamas leader Mahmoud Al Mabhouh in Dubai last week, Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha told Gulf News in an interview.

On Tuesday, the Israeli daily Haaretz published comments from an unidentified Hamas source.

It said that a preliminary investigation conducted by Hamas suggested that the assassination was likely carried out by agents of an Arab government, and not by Israel's Mossad.

“I wish to stress that the Zionist enemy is the one who pointed to the cooperation of some Arab countries and we do not build on the words of the Zionist enemy,” Taha explained.

“However, this possibility cannot be ruled out completely until investigations are complete,” he added.

Yermi Brenner, a left wing Israeli Journalist, said that the more the press tries to get information the tougher the Israeli officials become.

“This isn’t the first time the Mossad is accused of assassination, but there might be a good chance that he was killed by another Arab country, especially because of his close relationship with Iran. Incidents like these might never be resolved.”