After Scientist Aziz Asbar's Murder, Syria Accuses Israel's Mossad

09 August, 2018, 08:58 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • The Israeli intelligence agency Mossad has been accused of killing a top research director at a military agency linked to Syria’s chemical weapons program

A vehicle bomb killed him last Saturday, with Syrian expert Tony Badran tweeting "Reports that Aziz Esber, a very senior figure in the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center, who worked on missile development and directed R&D facility in Masyaf, was killed in a auto bomb in Hama".

A vehicle explosion took the life of Aziz Asber, the man who chaired the chemical weapons plant in Syria.

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According to New York Times report from Jerusalem, an unnamed official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Israel was behind the attack and said his own intelligence agency had been informed of the Israeli operation.

Aziz Asbar, the scientist killed in the bombing, held top-level positions in weapons manufacturing research, with allegations of heading a chemical weapons project that was used against civilians in rebel-held towns in Syria.

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Israel has denied any involvement in Asbar's death, though Intelligence and Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said he "welcomed" the news.

'I can say that assuming the details of this man's activities are correct and he was engaged in developing chemical weapons and longer-range missiles capable of hitting Israel, I certainly welcome his demise'. Indeed, the New York Times describes Asbar as having a mission: "amassing an arsenal of precision-guided missiles that could be launched with pinpoint accuracy against Israeli cities hundreds of miles away". He said it was the fourth time in three years the Mossad has assassinated an enemy weapons engineer in a foreign country. Asbar led a top-secret weapons-development unit called Sector 4 and was working on building an underground weapons factory to replace on that was destroyed by Israel previous year. The two countries have been in a state of war since 1967, when Israel occupied the Golan Heights, and although no shots have been fired since the 1974 cease-fire, Syrian President Bashar Assad continues to press for the return of the territory. Some Israeli reports said the Syrian scientist was involved in Iranian missile programme.

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