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Israel minister welcomes Syria scientist killing

Israel minister welcomes Syria scientist killing

Dr. Aziz Asbar, a director at the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center (SSRC), reportedly was killed by an explosive device planted in the headrest of his vehicle seat.

In Syria blew up a auto 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 United States blacklisted the research body, deeming it central to Syria's development of chemical weapons capabilities, and Iran's Defense Industries Organization, the engine-room of Tehran's weapons industry.In April 2017, followed the chemical attack on the Syrian rebel held city of Khan Sheikhoun that killed 18 civilians including 5 children, the Trump administration placed sanctions of on hundreds of CERS workers.

"His vehicle was completely destroyed and his bodyguards were killed", an unidentified source told dpa news agency.

According to a senior official from a Middle Eastern intelligence agency, the Mossad had been tracking Asbar for a long time. He was also collaborating with Iranian Maj.

Syria on Tuesday accused Israel of assassinating a top Syrian rocket scientist over the weekend, escalating tensions between the two countries. Every time they try to place the blame on us.

At least 56 injured after truck collision sparks explosion on Bologna highway
The collision caused an explosion, forcing a ball of fire to erupt into the air, and huge clouds of black smoke to fill the sky. One person was killed and up to 70 people were injured in the blast, which happened around 15:00 UAE time today, police said.

The Israelis believed Asbar led a secret unit called Sector 4 which aimed to develop precision-guided missiles in Syria which could threaten Israel.

Under Israeli law, only the prime minister can authorize assassinations, termed "negative treatment" by Mossad. He said 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 a year ago.

An Israeli air strike targeted the research centre on July 22, Syrian state media and the Observatory reported.

Israel frequently attacks military targets inside Syria in an attempt to prop up terrorist groups that have been suffering defeats against Syrian government forces.

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


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