Malaysia see "terror" angle into Hamas scientist killings

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The family of a Palestinian professor and Hamas member accused Israel's Mossad spy agency of assassinating him on the streets of Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.

To his part, Minister of Education, Naftali Bennett said they "will not allow the entry of the body of Al-Batsh, who was killed in Malaysia, unless Hamas returns Israeli soldiers detained in Gaza by Hamas".

Fadi al-Batsh, a 35 year old Palestinian academic was shot dead by two gunmen riding a motorcycle while he was heading to mosque in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Gombak for dawn prayers on Saturday.

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Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas, said after the killing that, based on the pattern of previous assassinations by the Israeli intelligence agency, "Mossad is not [far]..." "The man was no saint and he didn't deal with improving infrastructure in Gaza - he was involved in improving rockets' accuracy.", he claimed.

Malaysian authorities have begun an immediate investigation and said that it was treating the murder as an act of terrorism. "We know that the Zionist entity has already attacked Arab and Palestinian scientists in the area of energy", a top Hamas terrorist told Al-Jazeera news outlet.

"There are accusations only against the Israeli Mossad and the Malaysian government should accelerate the investigation", al-Batsh's father, Mohamed said.

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Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh was an expert in electrical engineering and drone technology. "It is definitely the work of Mossad". "Upon the family members' request, the embassies of Palestine and Egypt in Malaysia is arranging and coordinating to facilitate the procedure, it may take two to three days", he said when met at Selayang Hospital mortuary Sunday. "Fadi is a very clever person, anyone who is clever is a threat to Israel", he said.

Both Palestinians killed were shot east of Jabaliya in the north of the Gaza Strip, the health ministry said.

Fadi Muhammad al-Batash was originally from Gaza and assisted in Hamas terror plots but left for Malaysia in 2011.

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Still, Israel has a long history of suspected targeting of Palestinian militants in overseas operations. On Sunday, Israel announced the arrest of 19 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, 15 of them allegedly affiliated with Hamas in Gaza "who were instructed to carry out different missions on behalf of the Hamas terror organization", the army said.

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