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Published: Mon, April 23, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Two unidentified gunmen shoot dead Palestinian lecturer in Malaysia

Two unidentified gunmen shoot dead Palestinian lecturer in Malaysia

Palestine's ambassador to Malaysia Anwar Al Agha later identified the victim as Palestinian Fadi al-Batsh, but declined to say if he was a member of Hamas.

Al-Batsh was walking from his high-rise apartment to dawn prayers at a local mosque in the Kuala Lumpur suburb of Gombak when he was shot by two gunmen riding a motorcycle, officials said.

The US State Department has dropped, from its annual human rights report released on Friday, the term "Occupied Territories" when making reference to the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza, according to the Washington-based Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU), which it said is a major shift in US foreign policy towards Israel and the Palestinians. "He died on the spot". "The police also found two empty bullet shells there", Kuala Lumpur Police chief Mazlan Lazim told reporters.

He said that footage from closed-circuit television cameras near the scene of the shooting showed that the assailants waited for around 20 minutes in the area before attacking.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that he learnt from police that Fadi was "an expert in electrical engineering and (building) rockets", according to the New Straits Times. "We will investigate the case until the arrest of the perpetrators of the crime", he added, stating that the country's law enforcement will seek help from Interpol and Aseanapol to track down the suspects.

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

Majdalani said the US State Department "wants to beautify the image of the occupation through its worldwide reports, but the whole world is well aware of the horrors of this occupation and its crimes and systematic state terrorism against our people".

Palestinians protested for a fourth Friday along the security fence dividing Gaza from Israel, some of them burning tires, hurling rocks or flying kites with flaming tails in the hope of setting ablaze the fields of Israeli rural communities on the other side.

Fadi, from Gaza, is a Palestinian imam who is also a lecturer at Universiti Kuala Lumpur. "I am shocked by the killing", he said.

Yehiyeh Sinwar, a top Hamas official, told activists that even if conditions are tough, "we will not bargain on the Palestinian people's rights in exchange for bread".

In an interview with pan-Arab television network Al-Miyadin, Khaled called on the Malaysian authorities to conduct a "comprehensive and rapid investigation" into the killing before the assassins could escape.

Batsh's uncle Jamal al-Batsh spoke to Reuters in the town of Jabalya in the northern Gaza Strip.

Mossad is believed to have assassinated Palestinian militants and scientists in the past, but has never confirmed such operations.

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