Leading Syrian chemical-weapons and Iran missile developer killed in bombing

Leroy Wright
August 8, 2018

A Syrian scientist has reportedly been assassinated in a vehicle bomb attack after he survived Israeli attacks on his research center.

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.

The pro-regime Al Watan newspaper confirmed the killing.

Israel is believed to be behind airstrikes targeting the center's facilities in Masyaf, Hama, last month.

A senior Syrian scientist involved in the Assad regime's chemical weapons programme has been assassinated in central Syria, reports claimed on Saturday night.

Some Israeli reports said the Syrian scientist was involved in Iranian missile program.

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In the Syrian city of Masyaf in auto explosion killed a famous scientist Aziz Asbar, who is considered a confidant of President Bashar al-Assad.

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.

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

There have been no official comments from the Syrian government, with pro-government activists posting photos online of a charred auto said to be the scientist's.

A strike in September 2017 caused material damage at the centre, according to the Observatory which said a fire broke out at a weapons warehouse where missiles were being stored.

There have been 85 chemical attacks across Syria since 2013, the vast majority of which were carried out by the regime, according to Human Rights Watch.

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