Israel minister welcomes Syria scientist killing

Israel minister welcomes Syria scientist killing

Israel minister welcomes Syria scientist killing

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.

Also on Tuesday, the New York Times quoted an unnamed official with a Middle Eastern intelligence organization as confirming that Israel was responsible for the attack.

The Scientific Research Centre in Masyaf has been targeted by the Israelis several times and most recently was in last month, giving rise to reported suspect that Israel is behind the assassination of Asber, according to the watchdog.

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Esber had played a key role in developing Syrian chemical weapons in recent years, and was also charged with coordinating Iranian and Hizballah activities in Syria, according to the source. 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".

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. He claimed that it was the fourth time in three years the Mossad has assassinated an enemy weapons engineer in a foreign country. The official said Mossad had been tracking Asbar, who was allegedly in charge of re-building an underground weapons factory that the Israeli military destroyed past year.

Israel frequently attacks military targets inside Syria in an attempt to prop up terrorist groups that have been suffering defeats against Syrian government forces. Both Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad and Hezbollah accused Israel of assassinating the high-level scientist shortly after the bombing took place. Infrastructure research center in Masyaf repeatedly subjected to missile strikes by coalition forces headed by US, which also includes Israel.

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