Israel Has Been Accused of Assassinating a Top Syrian Scientist

Erika Holt
August 9, 2018

Infrastructure research center in Masyaf repeatedly subjected to missile strikes by coalition forces headed by U.S., which also includes Israel.

Israel's minister of intelligence says he "welcomes" news that a Syrian scientist was killed by a vehicle bomb, even as Tel Aviv denies any part in the murder.

On Sunday a pro-government Syrian paper accused the Mossad of being behind the blast which also killed Azbar's driver.

Israel has not commented on the assassination.

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. The group has previously claimed attacks targeting officials and militia commanders inside government territory.

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The Syrian opposition blamed [Saturday's] attack on the Assad regime, claiming [Asbar] was very familiar with Syria's chemical weapons deployment and its use against civilians. A branch of the centre outside Damascus was among the targets of U.S. strikes against Syria in April, and the institution has been sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department since 2005.

Since 2007, six Iranians with connections to Iran's nuclear and missile program have been assassinated by the Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency.

According to al-Watan daily newspaper, Syrian authorities had twice detained cells of local suspects allegedly recruited by Mossad who were engaged in monitoring Asbar's movements.

It is also said that the brigade of special objective Abu Amara, who has previously attacked the facilities under the control of Assad, said in a Telegram that it had set and detonated the explosive devices to kill Asbera.

The report said the assassination was part of Israel's campaign of aggression aimed at preventing Syria from rehabilitating its defense capabilities when the crisis in the Arab country comes to an end - with an emphasis on preventing the development of precision weapons.

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