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Explosion kills chief of Syrian chemical weapons plant

09 August 2018

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

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

In the Syrian province of Hama near the town of Masyaf undermined the vehicle in which Aziz was Asbel, head of the research center, in which, in the opinion of Western countries secretly developed chemical weapons.

The centre, which also has a base near Damascus, is the main agency for developing chemical weapons and new missiles for the Assad regime.

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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.

His center was the target of Israeli air attacks last month and in September, the Observatory added.

Iran had also alleged Israeli involvement in assassinating four nuclear scientists: Masoud Alimohammadi, Majid Shehriari, Rezaeinejad and Mustafa Ahmadi roshan, between 2010 and 2012. He led a top-secret weapons-development unit called Sector 4 and was hard at work building and underground weapons factory to replace one destroyed by Israel past year.

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

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The Middle Eastern intelligence source said Asbar's killing was the fourth assassination attempt in three years by Israel on foreign soil against a weapons engineer employed by an enemy. The group has previously claimed attacks targeting officials and militia commanders inside government territory.

Al -Watan's owner is Syrian President Bashar Assad's cousin, Rami Makhlouf.

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.

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Explosion kills chief of Syrian chemical weapons plant