Syrian scientist killed in apparent car-bomb attack

Syrian scientist killed in apparent car-bomb attack

Syrian scientist killed in apparent car-bomb attack

Times of Israel report say that a Hamas rocket scientist was shot dead by gunmen in Malaysia in April and a drone engineer was killed in Tunisia in December 2016.

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

Aziz Asbar, who the Times describes as "one of Syria's most important rocket scientists", and Israel's Haaretz calls "a senior Syrian chemical weapons scientist" was killed Saturday night in the city of Masyaf in northwestern Syria along with his personal driver.

The Syrian opposition blamed [Saturday's] attack on the Assad regime, claiming [Asbar] was very familiar with Syria's chemical weapons deployment and its use against civilians.

The pro-government Al-Watan newspaper confirmed the killing in the central province of Hama. Every time they try to place the blame on us.

According to Hadashot news, Azbar was tasked with improving the range and accuracy of the Syrian regime's Scud missiles.

Even before the conflict broke out in 2011, Asbar had played a prominent role in Syria's missile program, which an unnamed official from the Syrian-Iranian alliance told The New York Times.

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 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 past year.

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

His work was involved most with the Bashar al-Assad government along with possible ties with the Hezbollah movement and Iran.

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.

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