Palestinians: Hamas militant's body to be returned to Gaza

Palestinians: Hamas militant's body to be returned to Gaza

Al-Batsh, an electrical engineering lecturer at a Malaysian university, was believed to have been working on Hamas' unmanned aerial vehicle program and was working on improving the accuracy of its rockets.

The New York Times cited intelligence officials speaking on condition of anonymity as confirming those claims, saying that Batash - a Hamas member described by the group as a research scientist specializing in energy issues - had been sent to Malaysia from Gaza to research and acquire "know-how and weaponry to fight Israel".

Israel's leading newspaper Haaretz reports that regarding North Korea, the joint report, by Israeli journalist Ronen Bergman and Hannah Beech, the NYT's Southeast Asia reporter claimed that "Western and Middle Eastern intelligence officials said that Batsh may have been involved in negotiating North Korean arms deals through Malaysia".

The report said that Egypt recently captured a shipment of "communications components used for guided munitions destined for Gaza" from North Korea.

The Palestinian drone expert who was gunned down on Saturday had been trying to obtain advanced weapons for Hamas, the New York Times has reported.

The Times also cited a United Nations report claiming that Pyongyang had established shell companies to circumvent worldwide sanctions allowing it to conduct sales of "military-grade communication systems" through Kuala Lumpur.

Israel says two soldiers and two civilians are held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip since 2014, when Israeli launched a deadly offensive against the Palestinian territory.

On Wednesday, Malaysian police released a photograph of one of the suspects, a pale-skinned man with a beard.

This image released by Royal Malaysia Police shows a suspect in the killing of a Palestinian man during a press conference at the police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, yesterday.

On Saturday, Ismail Haniyeh, the former Prime Minister of Palestine told that based on previous assassinations "Mossad is not away from this disgraceful, awful crime".

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