Hamas terrorist and chief drone engineer assassinated in Tunisia was developing remote-controlled submarines for Hamas; Hamas claims Mossad responsible for killing, vows retaliation
A Hamas terrorist in Tunisia who was assassinated on Friday was designing remote-controlled submarines for Hamas.
The terrorist, Mohammad al-Zawahri, a chief drone engineer for Hamas, was shot and killed in Tunisia Friday, Hamas and Tunisian media reporting the assassination was carried out by Mossad.
The assassination took place in the southeast town of Sfax where Al-Zawahri was shot and killed by assailants in rental cars, Tunisian authorities arresting 8 Tunisians in connection with the killings. Despite an ongoing investigation, Tunisian authorities announced there is no evidence the attack was carried out by the Mossad.
Al-Zawahri was the head of Hamas’ drone program for the past decade. The terrorist reportedly was not only developing UAV technologies for Hamas, but was also assisting Hezbollah in further developing its drone capabilities. In an interview over the weekend, the terrorists’ brother confirmed that al-Zawahri was developing remote-controlled submarines for Hamas whilst studying for his doctorate in engineering in Tunisia.
Ahead of his assassination, al-Zawahri had visited both Turkey and Lebanon before returning to Tunisia.
Spokesperson for Hamas Mushir al-Masri claimed Israel as the “only entity that could benefit from his assassination” claiming that “the Zionist enemy, the Mossad has a long history of political assassinations attributed to Israel.” Masri claimed “The assassination hurts Tunisia along with the Arab people. The Palestinians could have benefited from Zawari’s knowledge” and that “the Mossad did not want an Arab expert with knowledge in this field to exist.”
Hamas’ military wing, the Izzedine al-Qassam Brigades threatened retaliation for the incident, stating on Saturday “The enemy [Israel] must know the blood of the leader al-Zawahri will not be spilled in vain and the Zionist enemy will pay dearly for his criminal murder.”