Syrian Rocket Scientist Reportedly Assassinated By Israel's Mossad

Syrian Rocket Scientist Reportedly Assassinated By Israel's Mossad

A preeminent rocket scientist is dead, and Syria says Israel is to blame. Israeli officials, past and present, had refused to comment on the accusations, although Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman has sought to downplay the possibility of Israeli involvement.

Esber was killed by a vehicle bomb planted by a Mossad agent, according to "a senior official from a Middle Eastern intelligence agency quoted by the New York Times' David Halbfinger and Ronen Bergman".

Asbar, the research director at Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center, was believed to be developing a secret weapons manufacturing facility with the help of Iran, which was to be used to manufacture precision-guided missiles in Syria.

A top Syrian weapons engineer killed over the weekend when a bomb in his auto exploded was the victim of a targeted assassination by Israel's spy agency, The New York Times reports.

"Every day in the Middle East there are hundreds of explosions and settling of scores".

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The head of a Syrian research centre that the West accuses of being part of a chemical weapons programme was killed after his vehicle exploded, reports said. "So we won't take this too seriously".

His center was the target of Israeli air attacks last month and in September, the Observatory added. Some Israeli reports said the Syrian scientist was involved in Iranian missile programme.

According to Hadashot news, Azbar was tasked with improving the range and accuracy of the Syrian regime's Scud missiles. Hamas blamed Israeli spy agency Mossad for both killings.

After the Syrian government carried out what independent inspectors said was a sarin gas attack that killed as many as 100 people in the town of Khan Sheikhoun in 2017, Washington also imposed sanctions on 271 individuals associated with the centre.

In April 2018, the US, Britain and France undertook a joint airstrike on the CERS centers Damascus facility in retaliation for the reported chemical weapons attack in Douma.

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