Second Palestinian journalist dies after being shot by IDF

Marsha Scott
April 26, 2018

Malaysia Inspector General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun said the computer-generated sketches were based on witnesses' description of the shooters who were seen on security video waiting for the victim for nearly 20 minutes outside a residential complex.

Malaysian police on Wednesday released a photograph of one of two suspects in the killing of the Hamas rocket and drone expert, saying they have yet to identify the pair, who may still be in the country. He was hit 14 times.

On Saturday, two men believed to be either Europeans or Middle Easterners fired 20 shots at Fadi as he was walking from his home in Setapak to a nearby mosque for "subuh prayers".

Israel has since accused him of being an active member of Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas, a claim denied by his family and colleagues.

A spokesman for the Israeli government didn't comment on the killing, however on Sunday Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Israel Radio that Batsh was "no saint" and suggested that his killing was the result of "a settling of scores among terrorist organizations". Fadi al-Batsh in Malaysia on Saturday, alleging that Israeli agents were systematically assassinating Arab scientists.

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Al-Batsh specialised in electrical and electronic engineering and worked at a Malaysian university.

Palestinian group Hamas on Wednesday denied reports about negotiations for a prisoner swap deal with Israel. But later its top leader accused Mossad of killing al-Batsh and threatened retaliation.

"We believe that the suspects are still in the country", Fuzi said, adding that they may have changed their appearance.

Malaysia's Humanitarian Care (MyCare) chief executive officer Kamarul Zaman Shaharul Anwar said on Tuesday that it had finally obtained approval to take Dr Fadi's remains to Gaza after going through several agencies in Egypt. Maybe in two to three days.

Malaysia, a Muslim-majority nation of 32 million people, has no formal diplomatic relations with Israel.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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