Malaysian police appealed for public help Monday as they released images of two suspects in the killing of a Palestinian engineer in Kuala Lumpur.
A Royal Malaysia Police handout of a computer-generated mugshot of one of the two men suspected of gunning down a Palestinian man in Kuala Lumpur released April 23, 2018.
Police said al-Batsh had lived in Malaysia for more than seven years and was a permanent resident of the country.
It said Al Batsh had a doctorate in electrical engineering and power electronics from the University of Malaya and received his master's and bachelor's degrees in electrical engineering from the Islamic University of Gaza, an independent school in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. "(We) have to seek assistance from local and global agencies", he said.
"We can't close off our exits and we don't have any other information apart from the photofit", he said. A team from the Kuala Lumpur police headquarters and Wangsa Maju district headquarters was sent to the location.
Malaysia Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told state news agency Bernama on Saturday that Al Batsh was active in pro-Palestinian non-governmental organizations and was an expert in electrical engineering and rocket-building.
A spokesman for the Israeli government didn't comment on the killing, however on Sunday Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said on Israel Radio that Batsh was "no saint" and suggested that his killing was the result of "a settling of scores among terrorist organizations".
Al-Batash's family, meanwhile, said that his remains would enter the Gaza Strip through the Egyptian-operated Rafah border crossing at 2:00 p.m. local time accompanied by his wife and two sons, who also reside in Malaysia.
On whether the assassins were still in the country, he said he was unable to confirm whether or not they were.
And while the government was always monitoring foreign agents, Ahmad Zahid said this was sometimes made hard when they use passports which have diplomatic relations with Malaysia.
"Since Israel has successfully developed defense systems against the rockets and the missiles and...new technological regarding terror tunnels, Hamas was left nearly with nothing", said Kobi Michael, a researcher at Israel's Institute for National Security Studies.
In recent weeks, tensions have been running high at the Gaza-Israel border as Palestinians have ramped up protests demanding the right to return to homes that are now in Israel. Israeli forces have killed at least 34 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,500 people. Israel says it is protecting its borders and takes such action when protesters come too close to the border fence.
Malaysian authorities blamed the killing on Europeans who were tied to a foreign intelligence agency.