Body of Palestinian killed in Malaysia returned to Gaza

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Israel has faced worldwide condemnation for its response to Palestinian demonstrations at the border.

Malaysian authorities said two men on a high-powered motorcycle fired at least 14 shots at Batsh, an engineering lecturer, outside his Kuala Lumpur apartment building on Saturday, killing him on the spot.

A report in The New York Times Thursday claimed that the elimination of Hamas engineer Fadi al-Batsh is part of a long-running campaign directed by Israel's Mossad to destroy Hamas's "brain trust" - a group of educated professionals and academics who work overseas on projects directed by the terror group, and who submit their work to Hamas, which uses it to attack Israel.

Malaysia's deputy prime minister said the two suspects were believed to be linked to a foreign intelligence service.

Thousands of people, led by Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh, are taking part in the funeral of Hamas engineer Fadi al-Batsh in northern Gaza.

The corpse of al-Batsh was received on Thursday at Rafah crossing point between southern Gaza Strip and Egypt. Hamas has confirmed Batsh was a member, but has not specified what role he had in the movement.

Ahmed Abu Hussein, 24, is the second Palestinian journalist who has died covering the Gaza border protests that started late last month.

Ahmed Abu Hussein, 24, died on Wednesday at an Israeli hospital, almost two weeks after he was shot on April 13.

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We will note that earlier the parents of the deceased soldier Hadar Goldin appealed to the government and the security system with a request not to allow the delivery body, Fadi Muhammad al-Batsha scientist of Palestinian origin, who was killed in Malaysia in the Gaza strip for burial.

His death brought the toll of Palestinians in Gaza killed by Israeli fire since March 30 to 41.

The group said that any Israeli investigation into the deaths was likely to be "a whitewash", and would be exclusively to "forestall and prevent investigations by global bodies".

The weekly protests are part of the Great March of Return activities, which began on March 30, Palestinian Land Day and will continue until May 15, the Nakbah, or Catsrophe day, marking the day the State of Israel was founded.

Hamas is designated by Israel and the West as a terrorist group.

Israel says it is defending its border and accuses Hamas of using the demonstrations as cover to plan and carry out attacks.

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