Israel minister welcomes Syria scientist killing

Marsha Scott
August 9, 2018

An Israeli government official declined to comment on reports of Asber's death when asked by Reuters.

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".

The head of a Syrian research facility that Western countries say was part of a chemical weapons program was killed when his vehicle was blown up, the pro-Syrian government newspaper al-Watan said on Sunday.

The Tel Aviv regime has been blamed for the killing of several scientists in recent years, including two engineers from the Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, in the last 18 months.

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. He was also collaborating with Iranian Maj.

According to Hadashot news, Azbar was tasked with improving the range and accuracy of the Syrian regime's Scud missiles. "Every day in the Middle East there are hundreds of explosions and settling of scores", Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Israel's Channel 2 News.

Asbar was not among them, perhaps because he was associated with Syria's missile programme rather than the development of chemical weapons, according to the New York Times.

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If the assassination was carried out by Mossad, it was the latest in a long line of Israeli attacks targeting Syrian weapons capabilities and development.

Last September, Israel nearly entirely destroyed a weapons factory in Masyaf, where Asbar was a senior manager.

In April, missile strikes by the United States, Britain and France destroyed a Syrian Scientific Research Centre facility in Damascus, in response to a suspected poison gas attack.

The Times report suggested that Israeli has been launching fierce attacks against Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria because it fears that, once the civil war is over, those forces would turn against Israel.

Al -Watan's owner is Syrian President Bashar Assad's cousin, Rami Makhlouf.

A succession of victories since then over both the Daesh terror group and various rebel factions has extended regime control to almost two-thirds of the country.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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