The Irish Ministry of Defence has cancelled a deal with Israel for the purchase of ammunition for the Irish Army.

Under the terms of the deal, the Irish Republican Army (Ira) has been provided with, each year for the past five years, more than 20 million rounds of ammunition for use by its military forces.

The ministry has decided to cancel the deal with Israel and to proceed with signing a substitute contract with Belgium, Brazil and other countries, according to the Palestinian Telegraph.

The cancellation of the deal is expected to be in response to the assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al- Mabhouh in January 2010.