Hamas says Israeli spy agency Mossad’s agents used Bosnian passports last year to assassinate Mohamed Zawahri, a Tunisian drone expert who worked for the Palestinian resistance movement.
Senior Hamas figure Mohamed Nazzal said in Beirut on Thursday that an investigation found a number of agents from Mossad had operated in Tunisia over several months, pretending to be foreign journalists in order to get close to Zawahri.
Zawahri was under Mossad’s close surveillance for four months prior to his killing on December 15 last year, he told a news conference at the Lebanese capital.
The two main assassins who entered the country before killing Zawahri were using Bosnian passports, Nazzal noted.
Zawahri, a 49-year-old Tunisian national, was shot 20 times at the wheel of his car outside his house in the North African country’s port city of Sfax.
The procedure used to assassinate Zawahri, who had worked for Hamas for 10 years, was nothing unusual for Mossad that uses interviews as bait to carry out the killings.
Hamas said at the time that Israel was behind the assassination which prompted hundreds of Tunisians to take to the streets of the capital Tunis and condemn it.
Back in 2012, Israel admitted to the 1988 assassination of Abu Jihad, the second-in-command of the Palestine Liberation Organization, in a raid on the movement’s headquarters in Tunis.
Mossad is widely believed to have been behind the 2010 assassination of Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Mahbouh in 2010, in which Israeli spies used British, Irish, Australian and other passports to assassinate him in Dubai.
The use of forged passports prompted Britain, Ireland and Australia to expel some Israeli diplomats in protest.