Hamas’s armed wing officially confirms that the killed Tunisian engineer was a member of the Palestinian terrorist organization, a pioneer developer of Hamas’ drone program for over a decade. Hamas accuses Israel of assassinating him on Thursday.
Today (Saturday) Hamas confirmed for the first time that the drone engineer Mohammed Al-Zoari who was shot to death in Tunisia on Thursday was in fact a member of Hamas’ militant faction, a pioneer of its drone project “Ababil.” The news network, Al-Jazeera received the reported details from an official source from the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ armed wing. Just yesterday, the Hamas official who spoke, Mushir Al-Masri, refused to admit Zoari’s position in Hamas saying that the Al-Qassam Brigades can make a statement about that.
As previously reported by JOL, earlier today a close associate to Zoari, Kareem Abed Al-Salam told Arab media outlets that Zoari helped develop Hamas’ drone program. “He was the connection between Hamas and the Syrian regime, and with the Iranian regime before the war broke out in Syria,” said Salam.
Zoari developed Hamas drone program Photo Credit: Channel 2 News (Screenshot)
In Tunisia, Israel’s Mossad has been named as Zoari’s assassin, in addition to a Hamas’ official, Masri, pointing fingers saying that only Israel would benefit from killing Zoari. Masri did not deny, during his interview with a local Tunisian radio station, the Israeli intelligence agency’s involvement in the assassination.
Reports describe Zoari was shot dead at close range in his car and was found with three to seven bullets in his body. Local news outlets in Tunisia claim that Zoari was under Mossad surveillance for his ties with Hamas and likely killed by the Israeli intelligence agency.