Officials say Mossad killed Hamas financier Mohammad Srour


A Lebanese minister and two senior officials said preliminary findings suggest Israel's Mossad spy agency was behind the killing of a U.S.-sanctioned Lebanese man accused of sending Iranian money to Hamas.

The body of Mohammad Srour, 57, was found riddled with bullets in a villa in the Lebanese mountain town of Beit Mery last Tuesday.

Interior Minister Bassam Mawlawi told Al-Jadeed TV late Sunday that, "according to the data we have so far, (the killing) was carried out by intelligence services".

Asked whether he was referring to Mossad, Mawlawi confirmed.

AFP has requested comment from Israeli government officials but has received no response so far.

The U.S. Treasury said in August 2019 that it had sanctioned Srour for funnelling "tens of millions of dollars" from Iran's Revolutionary Guards "to Hamas for terrorist attacks originating from the Gaza Strip", through Lebanon's Hamas-allied Hezbollah.

The Lebanese group has been exchanging near daily cross-border fire with the Israeli military since October 7 when Hamas launched its unprecedented attack on Israel, triggering the war in Gaza.

A Lebanese judicial official and a security source told AFP that Mossad likely masterminded Srour's killing, both speaking on condition of anonymity as they were not authorized to speak to the press.

"The preliminary results of the investigation indicate that the Israeli Mossad was behind the assassination," the security official told AFP.

Initial findings "suggest the Mossad used Lebanese and Syrian agents to lure Srour to a villa in Beit Mery," the official said, adding that they had wiped fingerprints from the crime scene and used silenced weapons.

The judicial official also told AFP that preliminary information pointed to Mossad, but that the probe was ongoing, with investigators collecting evidence "especially from communications data".

The U.S. Treasury said Srour "served as a middle-man" for money transfers between the (Revolutionary) Guards and Hamas "and worked with Hezbollah operatives to ensure funds were provided" to Hamas's armed wing.

Srour "has an extensive history working at Hezbollah's sanctioned bank, Bayt al-Mal", the Treasury said.

In January 2019, the Lebanese army said it had arrested a suspected Mossad agent over a failed bid to assassinate a Hamas official in the country's south a year earlier.

In the 1970s, Israel launched a targeted assassination campaign against Palestinian militants in retaliation for the killing of 11 Israelis at the 1972 Munich Olympics, leaving several militants dead in Beirut.

Comments 3
Missing un520 16 April 2024, 13:03

I am so impressed by the Interior Ministry who are able to find out that Mossad was behind this. However, I would like them to be just as effective when it comes to revealing and the killers of all those true, patriotic lebanese. Why is it so difficult? Heck, even we know who they are...

Thumb 16 April 2024, 14:57

You’re assuming that agents of Mossad are exclusively Israelis. Roger Auque, the French reporter abducted by Hezbollah in the 1980s and biological father of neonazi Marion Maréchal LePen turned out Mossad… if only Hezbollah knew… Raphaël Glucksmann ,husband of ‘Lebanese’ journalist Lea Salamé, is French and member of the European Parliament has been CIA since at least 2008 when he started ‘working’ in Georgia for many years. You can add ‘Lebanese’ warlord Nabih Berri to the list.

Missing samiam 17 April 2024, 11:29

Wow, amazing work. All these other murders go unsolved, but this one, this have found a killer. These 'two senior officials' really need a rise in pay.

Anyhow, I am glad this guy is dead---no matter who killed him and why. Could have been an argument over a manouche or someone else wanting and not getting his cut.