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Hamas mourns Tunisian drone engineer murdered 'by Israeli Mossad'

Footage appearing to show Zoari working on drones [Twitter/Jawhara FM]

Date of publication: 17 December, 2016

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The murder of a Tunisian activist and engineer outside his home Thursday has been blamed on Israel's spy service due to his role in making drones for Hamas confirmed today.
Hamas's armed wing has declared a Tunisian engineer assassinated in southern Tunisia on Thursday had been a member in its ranks for ten years, working on developing its drone programme.

In a statement released on Saturday, the Qassam Brigades offered its condolences to Arabs, Muslims and free peoples everywhere for the death of Mohammed al-Zoari, "the pilot commander" as he was described in the statement.

The Qassam Brigades vowed his blood would not have been spilled in vain.
The murder of the prominent Tunisian activist and engineer outside his home on Thursday was tought to be an assassination by Israel's spy service due to his role in making drones for Hamas.

Zoari, an aviation scientist described by media as an Islamist-leaning civil activist, was shot dead at point-blank range on Thursday in the south Tunisian city of Sfax.

He was reportedly shot multiple times while he sat in his car outside his home. Eight bullets were found in his body, and up to twenty shell casings were located in the crime scene, according to Tunisian security authorities.

Some Arab media have blamed Israel's Mossad agency due to the victim's ties to the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement. Tunisian informed sources contacted by The New Arab gave some credence to the allegations, based on Zoari's background.

Israel has neither confirmed nor denied the allegation.
According to Arab press reports, Israel's Mossad agency is behind the assassination, linked to the victim's ties to the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement
Zoari, also a former pilot, has been helping Hamas make drones for use in its resistance operations in the Palestinian territories, the reports alleged.

While Tunisian authorities downplayed the reports, several of the suspects arrested appear to be foreigners, according to security sources that spoke to The New Arab.

According to Israel's Channel 2, Zoari was known for his ties with Hamas and was credited with helping the group develop unmanned aerial vehicles. Channel 2 showed what appears to be footage of him working on small drones.

Zoari's murder is a terrorist attack perpetrated by "international satanic forces", said leader of the Islamist-leaning Ennahda Movement Rached Ghannouchi in a statement.

Tunisian sources close to Hamas corroborated the Israeli connection.

The sources told The New Arab Zoari's ties to Hamas date back to the reign of deposed President Zine El Abedidine Ben Ali, who led a strict crackdown on Islamists.

Zoari left Tunisia and resided in Libya, Sudan and Syria for years before returning after the 2011 revolution. According to reports, he was killed shortly after returning from a recent visit to Lebanon.

Mushir Masri, one of Hamas's leaders in the Gaza Strip, gave his condolences to Zawahri's family during an interview on Tunisian radio later on Friday. Masri said only Israel stood to gain from his assassination.

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