Hamas Accuses Israeli Spies of Killing Tunisian Drone Engineer

A member of the Palestinian security forces, loyal to Hamas, stands guard as men set up a barbed wire on the border with Egypt, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/File Photo
A member of the Palestinian security forces, loyal to Hamas, stands guard as men set up a barbed wire on the border with Egypt, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/File Photo
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Hamas Accuses Israeli Spies of Killing Tunisian Drone Engineer

A member of the Palestinian security forces, loyal to Hamas, stands guard as men set up a barbed wire on the border with Egypt, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/File Photo
A member of the Palestinian security forces, loyal to Hamas, stands guard as men set up a barbed wire on the border with Egypt, in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, August 24, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/File Photo

Hamas movement reiterated on Thursday that the Israeli Mossad was behind the killing of its drone engineer Mohammad al-Zawari in Tunisia's second city Sfax last December.

"Mossad is officially accused of being behind the assassination, which is not only a terrorist act, but a violation of state sovereignty," Mohammed Nazzal, a Hamas politburo member, said at a press conference in Beirut.

According to Nazzal, Zawari’s assassination was meticulously planned over three stages in 2015 and involved 12 individuals.

He said an investigation concluded that agents from Israeli intelligence agency Mossad had operated in Tunisia over several months, including pretending to be foreign journalists in order to get close to Zawari.

The main two assassins who entered the country before the killing were using Bosnian passports, Nazzal said.

Zawari, 49, was murdered at the wheel of his car outside his house in Sfax on December 15 last year.



US Military: Houthis Targeted Liberian-Flagged Vessel in Red Sea

File photo of a cargo ship bound for Yemen (British Embassy in Yemen)
File photo of a cargo ship bound for Yemen (British Embassy in Yemen)
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US Military: Houthis Targeted Liberian-Flagged Vessel in Red Sea

File photo of a cargo ship bound for Yemen (British Embassy in Yemen)
File photo of a cargo ship bound for Yemen (British Embassy in Yemen)

The US Military said on Wednesday that the Houthis have launched an unmanned surface vessel (USV) from their controlled areas in Yemen to strike a Liberian-flagged ship in the Red Sea.
In a statement, the Military said that a Houthi USV struck M/V Tutor, a Liberian flagged, Greek owned and operated vessel, in the Red Sea.
“The impact of the USV caused severe flooding and damage to the engine room,” the statement added.
In the past 24 hours, the US Central Command (CENTCOM) forces successfully destroyed three anti-ship cruise missile (ASCM) launchers in a Houthi controlled area of Yemen and one uncrewed aerial system (UAS) launched from a Houthi controlled area of Yemen over the Red Sea, the Military also said.
Houthis also launched two anti-ship ballistic missiles (ASBM) from their controlled areas of Yemen over the Red Sea, it said, adding there were no injuries or damages reported.