The Irish Ministry of Defense had voided a weapons deal with Israel in which Israel was to provide Ireland with 20 Million rounds of live ammunition. The decision was attributed to the assassination of a Hamas leader in Dubai earlier this year.An Irish paper reported that that after Ireland spent millions of Euros during the past five years on ammunition bought from Israel, the Irish Foreign Ministry decided to cancel the contract, and instead decided to sign deals with Belgium, Brazil and other countries.
The paper said that the decision was made in the wake of the assassination of Mahmoud al-Madbouh who was killed by a hit squad of the Israeli Mossad.
Al-Madbouh was assassinated on January 19 in his hotel room in Dubai. A total of 26 suspects are believed to be involved in his assassination. They used forged passports from Ireland, Germany, Australia, Britain, and France; twelve of them carried British passports.