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Palestinian Engineer Assassinated in Malaysia Studied Drone Development

May 25 2018, 03:05 | Irvin Gilbert

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They gunned down Dr Fadi, 35, as he was walking to a mosque, some 300m from his home, to lead dawn prayers.

Israel has responded to the rallies with live fire, killing at least 40 people and injuring thousands of others.

The police chief said the suspects are believed to have entered Malaysia since the end of January until the time of the shootings.

Palestinian representative to Malaysia Anwar al-Agha had earlier said that al-Batash's body would be taken back to the Palestinian territories for burial, and on Monday expressed confidence that Egyptian authorities would approve the request within the next 24 to 48 hours.

Gaza's ruling Hamas militant group has accused Israel of being behind Saturday's killing of Fadi al-Batsh, an important member of Hamas.

Mossad is also believed to have been behind the assassination in 2010 of top Hamas commander Mahmud al-Mabhuh in a Dubai hotel.

Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said it was likely that he was killed as part of an internal Palestinian dispute.

"We will not release any statement (on it)", he said.

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The Hamas movement has vowed revenge for al-Batsh's death.

Mr Batsh was a lecturer at Universiti Kuala Lumpur, specialising in power engineering, according to the university.

Israeli media reported that he was also deeply involved in the Hamas drone development project.

On Wednesday, Inspector-General of the Royal Malaysia Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said investigators found a motorcycle abandoned near the murder scene and were able to trace a photo of one of the suspects.

Zahid said he suspected foreign intelligence could have been responsible for the killing but did not provide any evidence to support his claim.

Israeli forces detained two Palestinians near the border of the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, according to the Israeli military.

"The team cordoned off the area with police tape and called in the Forensics Unit and Bomb Disposal Unit, just in case", said one source.

Israel says it is defending its sovereign border and only targeting instigators.

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