Head of Syrian regime research center General Aziz Asbar killed in car blast
General Aziz Asbar was killed late yesterday along with his driver in the central province of Hama, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.
The pro-regime Al-Watan newspaper confirmed the killing.
According to the United States, sarin gas was being developed at the center, a claim denied by Syrian authorities who say the country does not possess any chemical weapons after a 2013 agreement to hand over its chemical arsenal.
Observatory head Rami Abdel Rahman said that experts from regime ally Iran were present at the Masyaf center, which was developing short-range surface-to-surface missiles.
"The general was close to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and to Iran," the monitor said.
Al-Watan reported in its online version: "Doctor Aziz Asbar, head of the scientific research center in Masyaf, has been killed after an explosion targeted his car in the Hama countryside."
More than 350,000 people have been killed and millions displaced since the start of Syria's civil war in 2011.
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