Published: Thu, April 26, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Palestinian journalist dies of wounds caused by Israeli gunfire: medics

Palestinian journalist dies of wounds caused by Israeli gunfire: medics

Israel has dismissed claims that the country's spy agency was behind Batash's killing, suggesting instead that his killing was a "settling of accounts" between sparring terrorist factions.

National police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun said that the motorbike allegedly used by the assailants had been found in the Setapak area of Kuala Lumpur.

The suspects - two men wearing full-faced helmets - had waited 20 minutes on a high-powered motorcycle near Jalan Meranti before the attack, said the police.

Israel did not immediately comment on the incident.

On Saturday, Palestinian lecturer Fadi al-Batsh, 35, was gunned down as he was walking to a mosque near his home to lead dawn prayers. The video shows him in a group of bystanders located some 50 meters (yards) behind a wall of burning tires that had been set on fire by demonstrators.

The family said the body was expected to cross from Israel late Wednesday, with the funeral to be held on Thursday.

Hamas initially stopped short of blaming Israel, saying only that al-Batsh had been "assassinated by the hand of treachery".

Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the health ministry in Gaza, told reporters that the 26-year-old Palestinian journalist Ahmad Abu Hussein was critically wounded by an Israeli gunshot as he was covering the "Great March of Return" east of Jabalia in northern Gaza Strip. But later its top leader accused Mossad of killing al-Batsh and threatened retaliation. Several noted, however, that Israel is routinely blamed for such assassinations even when it is not involved.

Israel's defence minister Avigdor Lieberman had appealed to Egypt to refuse the Palestinian request.

Israel has a long history of being accused of targeting wanted Palestinian militants in daring overseas operations and has been linked to other assassinations as well, though it has rarely publicly acknowledged them.

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