Syrian Scientist Connected To Chemical Weapons Program Killed In Car Bombing
09 August, 2018, 08:57 | Author: Gregory Stephens
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 SSRC's facility in Masyaf, allegedly involved in the production of non-conventional arms as well as medium- and long-range scud missiles, has been targeted multiple times over the past year by air strikes blamed on Israel.
The head of a Syrian research centre that the West accuses of being part of a chemical weapons programme was killed after his auto exploded, reports said.
"I can say that assuming the details of this man's activities are correct and he was engaged in developing chemical weapons and longer-range missiles capable of hitting Israel, I certainly welcome his demise", Katz told Israeli army radio.
The Abu Amara Brigades released a statement on their Telegram online channel that said they "planted explosive devices" which detonated and killed Asber. An Israeli military spokesman declined to comment.
Israel has carried out numerous strikes inside Syria since 2017, targeting government forces and their allies from Iran and Lebanese Shiite militant group Hezbollah.
Media reports have revealed that Israel's Mossad spy agency had been behind a vehicle bomb blast that killed a Syrian scientist over the weekend.
CERS has been the target of two previous airstrikes attributed to Israel, one in late April that killed a number of Iranians and another in July.
Since 2007, six Iranians with connections to Iran's nuclear and missile program have been assassinated by the Mossad, Israel's intelligence agency. The blast also killed his personal driver. According to the Times of Israel, Azbar was not on the blacklist.
The State Department also claimed sarin gas - thought to have been used by the regime forces in dozens of gas attacks - was being developed at the center, a charge vehemently denied by the Syrian authorities.
Syria splintered into civil war in 2011 when Assad's regime violently repressed demonstrations against his rule during the pro-democracy Arab spring. It's moving from a conflict between rebels and the government to a conflict that plays out within the region.
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