Sometimes the Middle East is too perverse for words. A Hamas official, Kamal Ranaja, was assassinated in Damascus earlier this week, and naturally suspicion fell on Israel. But at least one Hamas official is arguing that the culprits were most likely members of Bashar al-Assad's security forces, based on the methodology of the murder:
According to the report, assassins broke into his apartment, interrogated him under torture and the murdered him. The assassins then cut off his head, placed the severed body parts in a closet and set the apartment on fire - not forgetting to take away with them some secret documents.
"The Mossad would have killed him differently, this was not its MO," said Mohamed Hifawi, a member of the Local Coordination Committees (LLC) in Syria on behalf of Hamas. "Israeli assassins would have done it quicker and cleaner and would not have wasted time needlessly abusing the body."
"The way the body was mutilated and the attempt to burn the house are all methods that point to the involvement of the (Syrian) security forces," he told AFP.