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Body of Palestinian killed in Malaysia returned to Gaza

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The body of a Palestinian scientist assassinated in Malaysia was returned to his native Gaza Strip on Thursday, Hamas said, after his family accused Israel of killing him.

Fadi al-Batsh was a member of Islamist group Hamas, which rules Gaza, and was said to be a rocket-making expert.

He was shot dead in a hail of bullets by motorbike-riding attackers as he walked to a Kuala Lumpur mosque for dawn prayers Saturday morning.

Family and friends of the 35-year-old have accused Israel's Mossad spy agency of carrying out the killing but the Jewish state has denied the claims.

His body was taken across the border between Gaza and Egypt on Thursday ahead of his funeral.