Death of Gaza teenager at border protest sparks condemnation

Lucy Bush
April 23, 2018

Hamas said the slain Palestinian lecturer was an important member of the organisation, and Israel of being behind the brazen killing and vowing revenge. Al-Batsh was, by his day job, an academic focusing on electrical engineering in Malaysia.

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The Mossad is believed to have assassinated Palestinian militants and scientists in the past, but has never confirmed such operations. He said that there's a tradition at this point among terrorist organisations of blaming Israel for every settling of accounts.

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An autopsy was being carried out Sunday on the body of Al-Batsh, who was walking to dawn prayers at a local mosque in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Gombak when he was shot by two gunmen riding a motorcycle, Malaysian officials said.

Malaysia's deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government was looking into the possibility of the involvement of "foreign agents" in his killing. He had lived in Malaysia for the past 10 years.

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

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The Palestinian Authority said on Friday that it would ask the UN Human Rights Council to set up an independent inquiry into Israel's military killing of Palestinians during the protests.

With the protests seen by Israel as posing a challenge to its security forces, military aircraft dropped leaflets in the border area early Friday warning against approaching the fence.

The latest deaths brought to 38 the toll of those killed by Israeli forces since March 30, with hundreds of others also wounded by gunfire, according to Gaza's health ministry.

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Israel accuses Hamas, which is sworn to Israel's destruction and has carried out dozens of deadly suicide bombings against it, of cynically exploiting Gaza civilians for its political aims by staging the protests and trying to carry out attacks under their cover. The IDF this week shared an image depicting a Molotov cocktail attached to a swastika-bearing kite that it said had crossed over the Gaza border into Israel Friday - on the anniversary of Adolf Hitler's birthday.

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