Israel Has Been Accused of Assassinating a Top Syrian Scientist

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman looks at Syria from the Golan Heights

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman looks at Syria from the Golan Heights

An Israeli military spokesman declined to comment.

Citing an unnamed official from a Middle Eastern intelligence agency, the New York Times reported Monday that Israeli agents were behind Asbar's murder, claiming that "the Mossad had been tracking Mr Asbar for a long time".

Israel's Mossad spy agency planted the auto bomb which killed a prominent Syrian rocket scientist at the weekend, it is reported.

In Syria blew up a vehicle with Aziz Asbury, who was the head of the centre for the development of chemical weapons for the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

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

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

His center was the target of Israeli air attacks last month and in September, the Observatory added. Every time they try to place the blame on us.

Israel's Hadashot TV news said Sunday night that he was in charge of a project improving the range and accuracy of the regime's Scud missiles. He said it was the fourth time in three years the Mossad has assassinated an enemy weapons engineer in a foreign country. He led a top-secret weapons-development unit called Sector 4 and was hard at work building and underground weapons factory to replace one destroyed by Israel previous year.

Israel has carried out numerous strikes inside Syria since 2017, according to the Observatory, targeting government forces and their allies from Iran and Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah.

At the time of the July 22 strike that killed two Syrians, the Syrian Observatory confirmed that the attack targeted a "workshop supervised by Iranians where surface-to-surface missiles are made".

The Britain-based watchdog group said the man had close ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Iran.

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