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The remains of an engineer who was slain in Malaysia on Saturday arrived in the Gaza Strip on Thursday.
The remains entered Gaza even though Israeli authorities called on Egypt earlier this week not to allow his remains to be sent to the coastal enclave through the Rafah crossing.
Fadi al-Batsh, 35, was shot dead this past Saturday morning by two men on a motorcycle in Kuala Lumpur while he was walking to a mosque for prayers, according to Mazlan Lazim, the city’s police chief.
Liberman said Batsh – who according to Hamas was one of its members – was involved in developing rocket technology. Many Israeli news sites have reported he was a drone expert.
Several members of Batsh’s family from the northern Gaza Strip last Saturday accused the Mossad of killing their relative. Hamas Politburo Chief Ismail Haniyeh said on the same day that the Islamist movement “holds Israel responsible” for his death.
Liberman has suggested that Batsh was killed in an internal Palestinian dispute.
Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Saturday the individuals suspected of killing Batsh were believed to be Europeans with links to a foreign intelligence agency.
A formal ceremony was held at the Rafah crossing upon the arrival of Batsh’s remains, which was attended by Deputy Hamas Chief in Gaza Khalil al-Hayya and Islamic Jihad leader Khaled al-Batsh.