(Edited from AP, London) Britain took the extraordinary step Tuesday of expelling an Israeli diplomat for the first time in more than 20 years, after concluding there was compelling evidence that Israel was responsible for the use of forged British passports in the plot to slay a senior Hamas operative in Dubai.

(Edited from AP, London) Britain took the extraordinary step Tuesday of expelling an Israeli diplomat for the first time in more than 20 years, after concluding there was compelling evidence that Israel was responsible for the use of forged British passports in the plot to slay a senior Hamas operative in Dubai.

 

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said trust between the two countries had been badly dented, demanded formal assurances it never happen again and – in an unusual step – issued travel advice to U.K. citizens warning their identity details may be at risk if they visit Israel.

 

Miliband told the House of Commons that the expelled diplomat, who has not been named, was removed following an investigation into the use of 12 fake U.K. passports in the Jan 20 slaying in Dubai.

 

Britain’s Serious and Organized Crime Agency found the forged British passports were copies of authentic documents handed to Israeli officials for inspection either in Israel or other countries, Miliband said. He said the fakes were high-quality and almost certainly “made by a state intelligence service.”

 

“The actions in this case are completely unacceptable and they must stop,” Miliband said.

 

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