The dawn killing of a Palestinian electrical engineer in Malaysia on Saturday could be linked to "foreign intelligence agencies" and "nations unfriendly to Palestine", the Malaysian deputy prime minister said.
A man hangs a poster depicting Palestinian electrical engineer Fadi al-Batash, who was shot to death in Malaysia, on his family house in the northern Gaza Strip April 21, 2018. "The police also found two empty bullet shells there", Kuala Lumpur police chief Datuk Seri Mazlan Lazim told Malaysia's state-run Bernama news agency.
However, Israeli media reported that he was also deeply involved in the Hamas drone development project.
The Hamas terror group said Batsh was a "loyal" member and a "scientist of Palestine's youth scholars". Two suspects had awaited the victim for some 20 minutes and then gunned him down, fleeing the scene on a motorcycle, according to local police.
He said the suspects were believed to be Europeans with links to a foreign intelligence agency, Reuters reported, and that Batsh had "links with foreign intelligence and was active in pro-Palestinian non-governmental organizations, describing him as an expert in electrical engineering and rocket-building".
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Al Agha was quoted by the New Straits Times newspaper as saying the victim was Fadi M. R.al-Batsh, a second imam at the mosque.
Israel's defense minister says Gaza's Hamas rulers are the "only culprits" in the death of a Palestinian boy who was killed by Israeli army fire in protests on the Gaza-Israel border.
He was scheduled to travel to Turkey on Sunday for an global conference on energy, the Palestinian ambassador to Malaysia was quoted as saying by local media, adding that he "was a kind, friendly and a quiet person, he mixed well with everyone".
A Palestinian lecturer who was shot dead in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday was a member of Hamas, the Islamist group said.
Officials in Israel declined to comment.
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Both Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, and Islamic Jihad claimed Batash as a member.
Media affiliated to the Palestinian movement blamed "the Mossad" for the assassination.
The Mossad is believed to have assassinated Palestinian militants and scientists in the past, but has never confirmed such operations.
"Therefore, they tracked this young educated man".
Batsh was an inventor and a private university lecturer.
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In recent weeks, tensions have been running high at the Gaza-Israel border as Palestinians have ramped up protests demanding the right to return to their former homeland. Despite accusations of using lethal force against unarmed protesters, Israel says it is only targeting instigators who are trying to damage the border fence with explosives, firebombs and other means.