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'Thank you, Mossad': Israeli flag spotted in Iranian capital following scientist assassination

The incident was shared in a video online [Twitter]

Date of publication: 8 December, 2020

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A thank you note to Israel's spy agency and a blue and white Israeli flag were spotted in the Iranian capital this week.
Iranians were left shocked this week after videos surfaced online showing an Israeli flag and a thank you message to the country's spy agency on the streets of Tehran, following the killing of a top nuclear scientist, allegedly by Israel.

The Israeli flag was raised on a pedestrian bridge in the Tehranpars neighbourhood of the Iranian capital and was accompanied with a handwritten message saying: "Thank you, Mossad."

In a separate video shared by journalist Mohamad Majed Ahwaze on Twitter, a large image of slain nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh was torn up by the unidentified person filming the incident.

Both videos, which cannot be independently verified by The New Arab, emerged online just ten days after the assassination of Iran's top nuclear scientist.

On Sunday, the deputy commander of the Revolutionary Guards told local media that Fakhrizadeh was killed using a satellite-controlled machine gun with "artificial intelligence".

The scientist was driving on a highway outside Iran's capital Tehran with a security detail of 11 Guards on 27 November, when the machine gun "zoomed in" on his face and fired 13 rounds, said rear-admiral Ali Fadavi.

The machine gun was mounted on a Nissan pickup and "focused only on martyr Fakhrizadeh's face in a way that his wife, despite being only 25 centimetres (10 inches) away, was not shot", Mehr news agency quoted him as saying.

It was being "controlled online" via a satellite and used an "advanced camera and artificial intelligence" to make the target, he added.

Fadavi said that Fakhrizadeh's head of security took four bullets "as he threw himself" on the scientist and that there were "no terrorists at the scene".

Iranian authorities have blamed arch foe Israel and the exiled opposition group the People's Mujahedeen of Iran (MEK) for the assassination.

State-run Press TV had previously said "made in Israel" weapons were found at the scene.

Various accounts of the scientist's death have emerged since the attack, with the defence ministry initially saying he was caught in a firefight with his bodyguards, while Fars news agency claimed "a remote controlled automatic machine gun" killed him, without citing any sources.

Read also: Fakhrizadeh's assassination throws Biden's Iran policy into the spotlight

According to Iran's defence minister, Amir Hatami, Fakhrizadeh was one of his deputies and headed the ministry's Defence and Research and Innovation Organization, focusing on the field of "nuclear defence”.

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