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Reacting to the assassination in Dubai , a Hezbollah lawmaker urged that security should be stepped up for all foreigners entering Lebanon as they could be secret agents like those who murdered Hamas official Mahmoud al-Mabhouh .

“We must tighten foreign passport control at the airport and elsewhere in the country,” said Hezbollah MP Nawaf Moussawi.

“Every Lebanese and Arab must deal with holders of foreign passports as potential spies.”

Moussawi slammed European states for failing to “assume responsibility for the violation of their sovereignty” over the use of their passports by Mabhouh’s killers in Dubai.

“If European countries do not respect their own passport-holders… then they must expect they will be treated with suspicion,” he said.

Israel has been using targeted assassination in dealing with Hezbollah and Hamas for many years . Hezbollah official Imad Mughniyeh was assassinated in Damascus in February 2008 and Israel was accused of being behind his murder.

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