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Suspect in Hamas hit dyed her hair

VIDEO footage shows one of the six "Irish" suspects in the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai changed her hair colour to avoid detection.

The woman, who used the name 'Ivy Brinton' and was travelling on a fake Irish passport, can be seen sporting dark and blonde hair in footage released by authorities in the United Arab Emirates yesterday.

The footage, from the hotel where Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was killed last month, reveals how the suspect either dyed her hair or wore a wig in an effort to conceal her identity.

It shows her accompanied by another suspect, who used the name Chester Halvey and also travelled on a forged Irish passport.

A third suspect who used a false Irish passport was also shown on footage released yesterday. The woman, using the name Anna Shauna Clasby, was filmed leaving the hotel, the Jumeirah Emirates Towers, on the day of the killing.

The release of the footage and other information by the Dubai authorities has cranked up international pressure on Israel over the assassination.

Dubai's police chief Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim says he believes the Israeli secret service Mossad was responsible.

Israel has refused to confirm or deny involvement.

Speaking on a visit to Gaza yesterday, Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin said: "We are very angry at the fraudulent use of information that was stolen from valid Irish passports to make forged passports," he said.

"These people were not Irish citizens. Whoever did this forged the passports. We're angry about that because it violates the integrity of our passport system and also places at risk the security of our citizens."

Forged British, French, German and Australian passports were also used by the suspects.

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