Israel denies Palestinian professor's killing in Kuala Lumpur was Mossad hit

Israeli army strikes Hamas position in Gaza

Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh also said Mossad had been behind past attempts to assassinate Palestinian scientists, and that al-Batsh's killing "follows this sequence".

Agha said Imam Fadi was supposed to have left for a conference in Turkey on Saturday.

The chief of Kuala Lumpur police Mazlam Lazim says the killing of a Palestinian academic is an "international issue" that is being investigated from all angles.

Israel blamed Hamas - which presides over Gaza - for his death, alleging he was being used as a "human shield".

Israel publicly is chalking up al-Batsh's death to an internal Palestinian struggle, though noting his role in Hamas' war preparations.

The EU called on Israeli soldiers to refrain from using lethal force against unarmed protestors, reiterating the priority "to avoid any further escalation of violence and loss of life".

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman commented this morning on the recent Iranian threats towards Israel and clarified that the Israeli government will not allow Syria to become a forward base for Iran.

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The 35-year-old Palestinian lecturer, who had been living in Malaysia with his wife and three children for 10 years, was shot dead in Setapak here by two assailants as he was on his way for subuh prayers at 6am on Satur-day. "He died on the spot". Police said closed-circuit television footage showed the suspects had waited for him for nearly 20 minutes.

"We believe the lecturer was their target because two other individuals walked by the place earlier unharmed".

MK Yoav Galant said in an interview Motzoei Shabbos that he had been unaware of any orders to eliminate al-Batsh.

On 18 April I wrote to Mogherini's usually responsive press team to ask what the European Union had done in the more than two weeks since its call for an investigation to make one happen.

US Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt put out his own tweet: "A full investigation by Israel of Mohammed Ayoub's death is underway so that we will be able to understand what happened".

The Batsh family urged Malaysian authorities to "arrest those responsible for killing him before they flee", and asked for the return home of his body to Jabalia in northern Gaza, where mourners gathered in front of their home. The Mossad is believed to have assassinated Palestinian militants and scientists in the past, but rarely confirms such operations.


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