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Hamas: Mossad Agents Carrying Bosnian Passports Behind Tunisia Drone Expert Assassination

Senior Hamas official says Mohammed Zawahri was under close Mossad surveillance for four months before he was killed in December 2016

Hamas said on Thursday that Mossad agents carrying Bosnian passports were behind the assassination of Mohammed Zawahri, the Palestinian militant group's drone expert, in Tunisia last year.
Mohammed Nazzal, a member of Hamas' political bureau, said during a press conference in Beirut that an investigation into the assassination shows Zawahri was under close Mossad surveillance for four months prior to his killing. Nazzal added that Mossad agents carrying Bosnian passports were responsible for his death.

Following the assassination, Hamas formed an investigation panel headed by Nazzal. "We've reached clear conclusions about who was behind the assassination," he said.
This is not the first time Hamas has accused Israel of being behind the assassination. Shortly after the assassination, Iz al-Din al-Qassam, Hamas' military wing, Said that Zawahri was developing drones for the group, accusing Israel of his killing.
According to reports, Zawahri was shot at close range with six bullets, three to his head, while in his car. The reports said that the assassin was highly professional and skilled, and didn't leave a trace.
Zawahri, 45, was a former Tunisair pilot. He served as head of a south Tunisia civil aviation organization, and trained youth to fly drones. 
Reports in Tunisia and around the Arab World said following the assassination that Zawahri was an enthusiastic supporter of the Palestinian cause. United Arab Emeritus' newspaper Al-Khaleej claimed that Zawahri received threats over the past few years due to his involvement with the manufacture of drones. The newspaper quoted a source saying that foreign elements are responsible for the assassination, but did not single out any particular country or intelligence organization.
The Lebanese newspaper Al-Akhbar, which is identified with Lebanon's Hezbollah Shi'ite militia, reported that Zawahri had worked with the military wing of Hamas since the 1990s, as well as with Hezbollah.
Tunisian authorities pursued Zawahri in the early 90s at which point he moved to Syria. In 2011 he returned to Tunisia after the former regime was toppled.
Previous assassinations also attributed to the Mossad include senior Hezbollah operative Imad Mughniyeh, who was blown up in Damascus in 2008; Hassan al-Laqqis, head of Hezbollah’s technological apparatus, killed in Beirut in 2013; and Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a senior member of Hamas’ weapons smuggling network, killed in a Dubai hotel in 2010. And last December, Samir Kuntar – the Druze terrorist who worked for Hezbollah after his release from Israeli prison – was killed in an airstrike in Syria.
Israel neither confirms nor denies any of its alleged overseas activities, but says it reserves the right to fight terror even beyond its borders.

Jack Khoury
Haaretz Correspondent

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Mossad Agents Carrying Bosnian Passports Behind Tunisia Drone Expert Assassination

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Temple Mount temporarily closed to Jewish visitors after clashes with police

The Temple Mount was temporarily closed to Jewish visitors on Wednesday at the order of Jerusalem District Commander Yoram Halevy after Jews broke visitation rules at the holy site, police said. The Jewish visitors were expelled from the compound for bringing sacred books to the Mount and trying to pray there. After one of the individuals was cautioned, another took out a holy book, and the group was expelled. Meanwhile, renewed clashes erupted between protesters and Israeli security forces near the Lion's Gate in the Old City, where police used stun grenades against the demonstrators. A regular dynamic has developed involving clashes between Palestinians and Israel Police over the past several days near the Lion's Gate. Dozens of Palestinians are present at the site on a regular basis, urging devotion to the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount and condemning Israel. During Muslim prayer times, particularly the midday and nighttime prayers, hundreds and sometimes even thousands have been gathering there.

There have been outbreaks of violence during these periods, including stone-throwing or physical confrontations with the police. In most of these incidents, the police have been using stun grenades and sponge-tipped bullets to disperse the crowds. In a number of cases, journalists in the area have also suffered violence at the hands of the police. On Tuesday, Hassan Shaalan, a reporter for the Ynet news website, was struck by a policeman even after he identified himself as a member of the press. A group of Jerusalem-based journalists released a statement of condemnation over the incident and called on the police to permit reporters to do their jobs. The Jerusalem Police responded: "This involved an incident that took place in the course of violent disturbances of the peace that occurred in Jerusalem while the police were acting to remove the demonstrators from the street after some of them refused to vacate. The forces working on the scene are under constant threat to their lives. http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.802141

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