Hamas engineer killed in Malaysia 'mediated arms deals with North Korea'

Fighters of the Ezz Al Din Al Qassam Brigades the military wing of the Hamas movement make their condolences to the family of engineer Fadi Al Batsh near his family house in Jabaliya northern Gaza Strip 21 April 2018. Mohammed Saber&nbs
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Hamas, a militant group sworn to Israel's destruction, described al-Batch as a "commander" in its military wing and accused Israel of assassinating him.

According to the report, Fadi al-Batsh (35), was killed as part of an alleged operation by Israel's Mossad to take out Hamas scientists and engineers training overseas to gather "know-how and weaponry to fight Israel".

Western and Middle Eastern intelligence officials speculate that Fadi al-Batsh, 34, the Gazan electrical engineer who was assassinated outside his apartment building in Gombak, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday, was involved in negotiating an arms deal with North Korea, the NY Times reported Thursday.

The New York Times report stated that one official claimed that Batash was involved in negotiations regarding a massive shipment of weapons with North Korea.

The Times also cited a United Nations report claiming that Pyongyang had established shell companies to circumvent global sanctions allowing it to conduct sales of "military-grade communication systems" through Kuala Lumpur.

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Batsh's body will be returned to Gaza via Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and Cairo, Egypt on Wednesday evening, after the funeral procession in Kuala Lumpur, Palestine's ambassador to Malaysia, Anwar Al Agha, told Reuters.

But Israel has dismissed claims that the country's spy agency was behind Batash's killing, suggesting instead that his killing was a "settling of accounts" between sparring terrorist factions.

Based on eyewitness description, Malaysian police earlier released computer-generated images of the two suspects, believed to be from Europe or the Middle East.

A photo released by Malaysian police on Wednesday showed a light-skinned man with dark, wavy hair and a dark goatee.

On Saturday, Ismail Haniyeh, the former Prime Minister of Palestine told that based on previous assassinations "Mossad is not away from this disgraceful, bad crime".


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