Palestinians: Hamas militant's body to be returned to Gaza

Palestinians: Hamas militant's body to be returned to Gaza

Palestinians: Hamas militant's body to be returned to Gaza

The Hamas-affiliated engineer gunned down in Malaysia last week was involved in negotiating weapons deals with North Korea and was assassinated as part of a broad operation by Israel's Mossad spy agency to dismantle a Hamas project that sends Gaza's foremost scientists, engineers, and academics overseas in order to advance the group's weapons programs, the New York Times reported Wednesday. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied involvement.

Police previously released two computer-generated images of the suspects, showing two light-skinned men with beards. He said the men were believed to have entered Malaysia in late January using fake identification documents.

"We believe the duo are still in the country and those who have information can contact the police", NST quoted the Inspector-General as saying.

The killing was done in a "very professional" manner and police are working on the angle that the assailants may be foreign agents, Fuzi said. - APThe coffin of Palestinian Fadi al-Batsh is carried out of a mosque after a prayer in Selayang, on the outskirt of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, yesterday.

Al-Batsh's body was released to his family on Wednesday and taken to a surau, or Islamic assembly building, where dozens of people mourned his death at a funeral ceremony. He said Egypt had agreed to allow the body to be returned through its border with Gaza.

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Israel says the demonstrators are being exploited by Hamas.

The allegations on Israeli spy agency Mossad of killing a Hamas engineer Fadi al-Batsh has now nearly confirmed. Several Israeli Cabinet ministers welcomed the killing, regardless of who was responsible.

Dr Fadi M R al-Batsh, an engineering lecturer at Universiti Kuala Lumpur British Malaysia Institut (UniKL BMI), was shot 14 times in Kuala Lumpur.

In a statement issued by the office of the high commissioner for information, culture and intellectual mobilization, the faction said Israel targets journalists in an attempt to cover up its the crimes against the defenseless Palestinian people and its grave violations of global law.

The Mossad is believed to have assassinated Palestinian militants and scientists in the past, but rarely confirms such operations.

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