Israel 'welcomes' assassination of top Syrian weapons expert

Syrian sites on the funeral of Aziz Asbar in the town of Wadi al Oyoun on Sunday

Syrian sites on the funeral of Aziz Asbar in the town of Wadi al Oyoun on Sunday

Syrian press reports blamed Israel's Mossad intelligence agency for the killing and said Asbar had survived two previous assassination attempts, also by Israeli agents. "Gen. Qassim Suleimani, commander of Iran's Quds Force, and other Iranians to begin production of precision-guided missiles in Syria by retrofitting heavy Syrian SM600 Tishreen rockets", adding that he "was hard at work building an underground weapons factory to replace one destroyed by Israel past year". The attack took place on Saturday night in Masyaf, west of Hama, home to one of Syria's main weapons-development facilities, run by the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center.

A preeminent rocket scientist is dead, and Syria says Israel is to blame.

Esber had played a key role in developing Syrian chemical weapons in recent years, and was also charged with coordinating Iranian and Hizballah activities in Syria, according to the source.

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The rockets were said to be accurate enough to hit Israeli cities from Lebanon or Syria. Israeli officials, past and present, had refused to comment on the accusations, although Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman has sought to downplay the possibility of Israeli involvement.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said his agency had been informed of the operation, and that Mossad had been tracking Azbar for a long time.

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

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

Early 2017 marked the low point for Bashar Assad in his country's now seven-year-old civil war with his authority confined to just 17 percent of national territory.

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