Iran, according to a report, believes Israel killed two scientists by poisoning their food as tensions between the two nations escalated over Tehran’s nuclear ambitions.
Geologist Kamran Aghamolaei and aeronautical engineer Ayoub Entezari died within days after attending dinner parties in cities about 400 miles apart, the New York Times reported Monday
The circumstances of her death remain unclear, as do her ties to the government and her involvement in Iran’s nuclear program.
The Times, citing Israeli and Iranian media, reported that Aghamolaei worked at Iran’s Natanz nuclear facility, but friends claimed he was employed by a private geological research company.
Entezari worked for a state aerospace center in Yazd on projects related to missiles and aircraft turbines, the report said.
Both graduated from top universities and were described as healthy and athletic before falling ill and being placed in intensive care units at local hospitals.
Entezari, 35, suffered symptoms of food poisoning after attending a dinner in Yazd and died on May 31. The host of the dinner party has since disappeared and is being sought by the authorities.
Aghamolaei, 31, had just returned to Tehran after a business trip to the city of Tabriz when he fell ill with severe nausea and diarrhea, which worsened until his organs failed and he died on June 2.
The deaths of Entezari and Aghamolaei are followed by a series of mysterious Iranian deaths – including that of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Colonel Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, who was gunned down by men on a motorcycle on May 22, according to the Times of Israel.
Khodaei has reportedly been involved in killings and kidnappings outside of Iran and has targeted Israelis.
Two Revolutionary Guard Air Force officers involved in developing weapons for Hezbollah in Lebanon were also killed over the weekend, the Jerusalem Post reported on Tuesday.
Iranian officials said in a statement that Mohammad Abdous and Ali Kamani died in separate accidents, but Saudi Arabia-backed outlet Iran International denies this, the Israeli report said.
Israel has been adamant about preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons and called on the international community to continue to pressure Tehran.
But Iran has accelerated its uranium enrichment since former President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the 2015 nuclear deal struck between Iran and five other world powers: Russia, China, France, Germany and Britain.
Talks between Iranian and Biden administration officials to revive that deal have stalled.
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