Iran says Israel killed engineer

TEHRAN, Feb. 14 (UPI) — An Iranian engineer en route from Damascus to Beirut was killed by “the Zionists regime henchmen,” an Iranian website said Thursday.

Hassan Sardar Shateri, an experienced engineer in construction and road-building in the war zones, was chief of staff for Iran’s reconstruction effort in southern Lebanon.

“He was killed yesterday [Wednesday] by the Zionist regime’s henchmen,” the Iranian website said Thursday.

There was no mention of where the incident took place or how he was killed.

Other Arab media reports said Shateri also used the name Houssam Khoshnevis, and said he was a senior member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards. The reports also said President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad personally appointed him to the job. He began working in Lebanon in 2006.

A statement from the Iranian Embassy in Beirut said Khoshnevis was in charge of reconstruction and development in Lebanon and was killed “at the hands of armed terrorists,” the Lebanese newspaper The Daily Star said.

The embassy said he en route Beirut when he was killed.

The as-Safir newspaper said the engineer had been working on a reconstruction project in the Syrian city of Aleppo.



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