Hamas says man gunned down in Malaysia was necessary member


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Malaysian police said Fadi Mohammad al-Batsh, 35, was killed in a drive-by motorcycle shooting as he headed on foot to take part in dawn Muslim prayers on Saturday.

Hamas has accused Mossad of assassinating one of its drone experts - Mohamed Zouari - in Tunisia in 2016, and the spy agency is also believed to have been behind the 2010 murder of top Hamas militant Mahmud al-Mabhuh in a Dubai hotel.

Kuala Lumpur police said in a statement that the man was gunned down by two gunmen in a motorbike who ambushed him with more than 10 bullets.

"Preliminary investigations found four gunshot wounds on the victim's body". Witnesses at the scene had told him that the two suspects had "European features", the ambassador told Reuters.

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Hamas said Palestinian engineer Fadi al-Batsh was a "loyal" member and a "scientist of Palestine's youth scholars".

Hamas stopped short of attributing Israel, saying simply that he'd been "assassinated from the hands of treachery".

Officials in Israel declined to comment. Tensions have risen in recent weeks with a series of mass protests along the Gaza border in which 32 Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli troops since late March. Despite accusations of using lethal force against unarmed protesters, Israel says it is only targeting instigators who are trying to damage the border fence with explosives, firebombs and other means.

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