Malaysia see "terror" angle into Hamas scientist killings

Ann Santiago
April 23, 2018

As Israel continues its open-fire policy against protesters in Gaza, Palestine's Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour called Friday on the U.N. Security Council to launch an investigation into the killing of at least 39 Palestinians and the wounding of at least 4,000 more.

Israel's defence minister said on Sunday dismissed suggestions that Israel's Mossad spy agency assassinated him.

The chief of Kuala Lumpur police Mazlam Lazim says the killing of a Palestinian academic is an "international issue" that is being investigated from all angles.

Ismail Haniyeh told The Associated Press on Saturday that based on previous assassinations "Mossad is not away from this disgraceful, awful crime".

Malaysia's deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government was looking into the possibility of the involvement of "foreign agents" in his killing.

Protests are set to climax on May 15, the day US President Donald Trump said he would inaugurate the newly-relocated US embassy in Jerusalem.

Besides his Hamas affiliation, al-Batsh was also a cousin of Khaled al-Batsh, a senior official in the Islamic Jihad militant group, who accused Mossad of the assassination, without providing evidence.

She added: "As we once again mourn the loss of lives, the European Union calls on the Israel Defense Forces to refrain from using lethal force against unarmed protestors. We have heard the announcements by the heads of the Hamas taking responsibility for the man, explaining the he was involved with the production of rockets, with improving the rockets' accuracy".

On Sunday, the inspector general of the Malaysian police, Mohamad Fuzi Harun, gave an update on the investigation.

Police markers indicated 14 bullets had been sprayed at the victim, some of them hitting a wall.

Asked who he blamed, he replied: "The Israeli Mossad". "It is definitely the work of Mossad".

The ring members received Hamas funding for their activities. "So [Israel] think he is risky". "We constantly see a settling of accounts between various factions in the terrorist organisations and I suppose that is what happened in this case".

"We don't deny the possibility that his achievements and his capabilities had perhaps made him a target for Israeli Zionists". Israel has been accused of targeting Palestinians in overseas operations but rarely publicly acknowledges them.

According to the IDF, "the terror organizations in the Gaza Strip, headed by Hamas, continued to use civilians, including youth and children, as a disguise for different terror acts to damage security infrastructures".

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