Family accuses Mossad of killing Palestinian in Malaysia

Palestinians burn tires during protests in Gaza
Hamas Leader: Our War With Israel Has Gone International Following Assassination of Drone Expert in Malaysia
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23 April, 2018

The Malaysian authorities said an autopsy was carried out Sunday morning on the body of Hamas member Fadi al-Batsh, a day after the drive-by shooting that Hamas and the victim's family blamed on Israel's secret agency Mossad.

He had been reportedly living in Malaysia for 10 years.

"The IDF and Shin Bet will continue to act decisively against all terrorist activities in Judea and Samaria, and against terrorist operatives who will be in contact with Hamas terrorist operatives in the Gaza Strip". The ceremony is typical for senior Hamas commanders.

Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman suggested on Sunday that the assassination at close range of Hamas engineer Fadi al-Batash in the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, over the weekend may have been the result of a settling of accounts within the Islamist group. He had lived there with his family for the past eight years and was an imam at a local mosque. His official biography said his research interests included power converters, power quality and renewable energy.

Demonstrators turned out to border areas of the Gaza Strip for the fourth Friday in a row, on April 20, demanding the right to return to what they consider to be their land in Palestine.

Hamas, which advocates Israel's destruction, fired thousands of rockets at Israel, a lot of them intercepted by an anti-missile system, during a 2014 Gaza war that included devastating Israeli attacks in the enclave of two million Palestinians.

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In December 2016, Palestinian drone expert Mohamed al-Zawari, was shot dead in Tunisia, with Hamas accusing Israel of killing him.

These weekly violent protests led by Hamas have resumed at the Israeli border for about a month now, implementing a variety of attack methods, including Molotov cocktails, throwing stones, and burning tires to limit Israel's visibility.

About 10,000 protesters gathered at the border on Friday.

Israel's ruling Likud party hit back hard against a statement by Israeli-American actress Natalie Portman in which she said that.

The demonstrations are set to climax with a massive march to the border on May 15, when Palestinians mark the "nakba", or catastrophe, of their uprooting during the war over Israel's creation in 1948.


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