Iran suspects Israel of poisoning scientists who were allegedly 'developing arms for Lebanon's Hezbollah'

Iran suspects Israel of poisoning scientists who were allegedly 'developing arms for Lebanon's Hezbollah'
Tehran suspects Israel's hand in the deaths of two Iranian scientists who died on 31 May and 2 June in different cities.
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14 June, 2022
Israel has reportedly killed several high level officials in Iran over the past few weeks [Getty]

Two Iranian scientists who recently died in separate incidents are suspected by Tehran to have been poisoned by Israel, according to the New York Times. 

Ayoub Entezari, 35, an aeronautical engineer who worked for a military research centre, and Kamran Aghamolaei, 31, a geologist, died on 31 May and 2 June respectively in two different cities. The exact details of their work remain unclear. 

Both were young and healthy before their death, according to multiple sources, in the days before their deaths. 

Some Israeli and Iranian news outlets, including The Times of Israel, claimed that Aghamolaei may have worked at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility. 

Iran’s nuclear programme is a huge source of contention between the Islamic Republic and Israel and its western allies, and Tel Aviv has repeatedly been accused of assassinating Iranian scientists and senior members of its Revolutionary Guard.  

UK-based opposition outlet Iran International claims the two men were ‘developing arms for Lebanon’s Hezbollah’ - a powerful Shia militant group and political party that is devoted to the defeat of Israel.

If Tehran’s suspicions are true, the killings would fit into the broader background of a secret war between Israel and Iran. 

There have been a spate of killings in Iran linked to Israel over the past few weeks, including a senior member of the Revolutionary Guards, Hassan Sayad Khodayari, who was killed in a drive by shooting in Tehran. 

The killings come amid rising tensions between Iran and western states, who are attempting to salvage the 2015 nuclear deal.