Lebanese officials point to Mossad being behind killing of Hamas financier

Mohammad Sarur was sanctioned by US in 2019 for funneling ‘tens of millions of dollars’ from Iran’s Revolutionary Guard to Hamas for terror attacks

Mohammad Sarur in an undated photo posted to social media. (Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)
Mohammad Sarur in an undated photo posted to social media. (Used in accordance with Clause 27a of the Copyright Law)

BEIRUT, Lebanon — A Lebanese minister and two senior officials said preliminary findings suggest Israel’s Mossad spy agency was behind the killing of a US-sanctioned Lebanese man accused of sending Iranian money to Hamas.

The body of Mohammad Sarur, 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 that he was.

AFP requested comment from Israeli government officials, but has not received a response so far.

The US Treasury said in August 2019 that it had sanctioned Sarur for funneling “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.

Hezbollah members stand in formation during a gathering to mark annual Quds (Jerusalem) Day commemorations in Beirut’s southern suburb on April 5, 2024. (Anwar Amro/AFP)

The Lebanese terror group has been exchanging near daily cross-border fire with the Israeli military since war erupted on October 7, when 3,000 Hamas-led terrorists invaded southern Israel, massacring 1,200 people and abducting 253 — half of whom are still held captive in Gaza.

A Lebanese judicial official and a security source told the AFP that the Mossad likely masterminded Sarur’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 Sarur 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 US Treasury said Sarur “served as a middleman” for money transfers between the Revolutionary Guards and Hamas, “and worked with Hezbollah operatives to ensure funds were provided” to Hamas’s armed wing.

Sarur “has an extensive history working at Hezbollah’s sanctioned bank, Bayt al-Ma,” 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.

Times of Israel Staff contributed to this report

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