16 January 2019 - 11 Shevat 5779 - י"א שבט ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Hamas engineer killed in Malaysia E-mail

A Hamas-affiliated Palestinian engineer from the Gaza Strip was shot dead on 21 April near the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur in an assassination blamed on Israel’s intelligence service Mossad. Hamas has threatened retaliation against Israel for the slaying.

The dead man was an expert on attack-drone and rocket systems, according to Israeli sources. Gaza-based Palestinian news site Safa reported that Dr Fadi Muhammad al-Batash, 35, was leaving a mosque after morning prayers in the town of Gombak when he was struck by about 20 bullets fired by two people on a motorcycle.

In a statement released on its website, Hamas said that Batash “was working for the Palestinian cause”. “The Islamic Resistance Movement mourns the son of its sons, the righteous, and a knight of its knights, a scholar of young Palestine scholars and the guardian of the Book of Allah, the son of Jabalya the Mujahedin,” read the statement. “The martyr was
distinguished by his excellence and scientific creativity and has important contributions in this area and participated in international conferences in the field of energy. The martyr was an example in calling God and working for the Palestinian cause.”

Hamas dispatched a senior delegation to meet with Malaysian officials and follow up on the investigation into the shooting. Senior Islamic Jihad leader Khaled al-Batash accused Mossad of being responsible for the assassination, and called on Malaysian authorities to conduct a “comprehensive and rapid investigation” before his killers escaped.

“We, as a family, accuse the Mossad of being behind the assassination of Dr Fadi Muhammad al-Batash, a researcher in energy sciences,” he told the AlMayadeen news network.

According to reports in Malaysia, police believe that Batash was “targeted” by two people who were riding a BMW motorcycle and had waited for him to arrive at the mosque for some 20 minutes. “This was a targeted killing and not a terror[ist] attack because there were other people at the scene but the assassins focused only on [Batash],” the police chief was quoted as saying, adding that “we’re not ruling out any line of inquiry, including the possibility that elements identified with ISIS are behind the assassinations.”

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