Syria Live Blog
Hamas member killed in Syria, Mossad accused
A senior Hamas member has been killed in a suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus, a member of the group told AFP news agency on Thursday, accusing Israel's spy agency of being behind the attack.
Israel's defence minister responded coyly to the suggestion, telling army radio: "I'm not sure that that's necessarily right."
Hamas said the member, Kamal Hussein Ghannaja, was killed on Wednesday. "A group of people entered his home in Qudsaya ... where he was liquidated," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity.
"According to our information, Mossad was behind the assassination," he added, referring to Israel's foreign intelligence agency.
The official said Ghannaja was one of the deputies of Mahmud al-Mabhuh, a senior Hamas military commander found dead in a Dubai hotel room in 2010.
Investigators in the Gulf emirate have accused Mossad of that murder.
But in Israel, Defence Minister Ehud Barak said it was not "necessarily true" that Mossad was behind Ghannaja's assassination, adding that nonetheless he would not mourn the Hamas member because he was not "one of the righteous of his generation."
Syria has long allowed Hamas to operate offices in Damascus, but in recent months, the Palestinian group has quietly moved most of its operations elsewhere as an uprising that is spiralling into civil war has rocked the