After Scientist Aziz Asbar's Murder, Syria Accuses Israel's Mossad

After Scientist Aziz Asbar's Murder, Syria Accuses Israel's Mossad

In the Syrian province of Hama, near the town of Masyaf, was blown up by a vehicle which was Asber Aziz - head of the research center where, with the support of the regime of dictator Bashar al-Assad had developed a chemical weapon.

Aziz Asber was the director of the Syrian Scientific Research Centre in Masyaf, near the city of Hama, which Western governments say was a covert Syrian government installation.

The deceased was known for close ties with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as well as the Iranian regime and according to British-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the unit was being used chemical weapons development. The center has been targeted in two air attacks that have been attributed to Israel, including one in April that killed several Iranians.

On Saturday, he was killed by a vehicle bomb.

Iran had also alleged Israeli involvement in assassinating four nuclear scientists: Masoud Alimohammadi, Majid Shehriari, Rezaeinejad and Mustafa Ahmadi roshan, between 2010 and 2012.

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Syria on Tuesday accused Israel of assassinating a top Syrian rocket scientist over the weekend, escalating tensions between the two countries.

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

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday dismissed the media reports. "Every time, they try to place the blame on us", Lieberman told Israel's Channel 2 News.

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. 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 previous year.

In April, missile strikes by the United States, Britain and France destroyed a Syrian Scientific Research Centre facility in Damascus, in response to a suspected poison gas attack.

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