Malaysia releases photo of 1 assailant in Palestinian murder

Malaysia releases photo of 1 assailant in Palestinian murder

Malaysia releases photo of 1 assailant in Palestinian murder

Four Arabs from the Gaza Strip were caught on the Israeli side of the southern Gaza-Israel border Tuesday afternoon, along the security fence.

Malaysia's police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said a task force has been formed to investigate the killing but would not speculate on the motive or whether foreign assassins were involved.

According to Gaza's Health Ministry, "since March 30, the Israeli army killed 39 people, including four children, besides 2 bodies still held in Israel".

Israel's defence minister has said that a Palestinian scientist shot dead in Malaysia was a rocket expert and "no saint", but dismissed suggestions by Hamas that Israel's Mossad spy agency assassinated him.

Anwar Al Agha, the Palestinian ambassador to Malaysia, told BenarNews on Monday that Kuala Lumpur has approved his request to fly Al Batsh's body to Palestinian territories through Egypt.

"We will not release any statement (on it)", he said. He said Egypt had agreed to allow the body to be returned through its border with Gaza.

While Hamas has confirmed Dr Fadi as a member, Palestinian websites say he was related to a senior official of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Khaled Albatsh, who accused Mossad of carrying out the attack.

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Yesterday, the police released the photo-fit of two suspects in the murder to all the exit points in the country.

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

He published facial composite images of the two men suspected in Batash's death, describing them as "most likely born in the Middle East or in the West".

Israel has a long history of being accused of targeting wanted Palestinian militants in daring overseas operations and has been linked to other assassinations as well, though it has rarely publicly acknowledged them.

The boy's father, Jamil Fayoumi, told Xinhua that his son's treatment "was delayed whe he needed an urgent surgery for the wound, as the Israeli side refused to provide him a permission to leave Gaza for [the] West Bank or an Israeli hospital".

According to the local police chief, the suspects had fair complexions, and were either of Middle Eastern or European descent.

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