Mossad killed Syrian chemical weapons chief, claims New York Times

  • Mossad killed Syrian chemical weapons chief, claims New York Times

Mossad killed Syrian chemical weapons chief, claims New York Times

The centre has always been linked by intelligence agencies to Syria's chemical weapons program, and Israeli warplanes are suspected to have targeted the centre's facility on at least two occasions over the past year, in September and July.

'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'.

Honing in on details, Hadashot claimed that the bomb had been planted in the headrest of Azbar's auto seat.

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

The Tel Aviv regime has been blamed for the killing of several scientists in recent years, including two engineers from the Gaza-based Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, in the last 18 months.

The Times report suggested that Israeli has been launching fierce attacks against Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria because it fears that, once the civil war is over, those forces would turn against Israel.

The Mossad is believed to have assassinated Palestinian militants and scientists in the past, but has never confirmed such operations. The New York Times reported that Israel's Mossad was behind the attack.

After hundreds of people were killed in chemical attacks near Damascus in August 2013, a landmark deal with Russian Federation was struck to rid Syria of its chemical weapons stash, staving off USA airstrikes. The blast also killed his personal driver.

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.

The "triple assaults" targeted three presumed chemical facilities.

The Syrian conflict, which kicked off in 2011, claimed lives of some 350,000 people.