The Palestinian academic and engineer of Hamas, shot dead in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur, was involved in the research and development of unmanned aerial vehicles, Israeli news agency Ynet reported on Tuesday . Fadi Mohammad al-Batash, 35, was killed on Saturday in a shootout in which his family, Hamas and the terrorist group Islamic Jihad claimed to be an assassination attempt by Israel's Mossad espionage agency.
A The study, written by Batash and two other researchers from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology at the Islamic University of Malaysia entitled "Challenges in Integrating Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Civilian Use", examined the challenges of improving civil UAVs Purposes Including Related Problems with Engines, Steering Systems, Engines, Communication Units, and Imaging Tools
Research concludes that improvements to key systems could lead to improved drone performance for extended periods of time and in a variety of weather conditions.
The study was cited by Ynet News Agency as "conclusive evidence" that Batash was involved in the research and development of UAVs. This increased the likelihood that he was killed for his possible contributions to Hamas' unmanned drone program in Gaza
Malaysian Interior Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was quoted by state Bernama The news agency said Batash was "an electrical engineer and an expert in rocket engineering. "
Hamas militant group Hamas said Batash, described as an energy-focused researcher, is one of its members] Hamas has already accused the Mossad of murdering another of its drone experts – Mohamed Zouari – in Tunisia in 2016. Israel has rejected allegations that the country's espionage agency is behind Bat Ashes killing, instead suggesting that his killing was a "settlement" between blocking terrorist groups.
Malaysian police chief released composite facial images of the two suspected men in Batashs on Monday She is described as "most likely born in the Middle East or the West".
It is believed that the Mossad has in the past murdered militant Palestinians and scientists, but rarely confirms such operations.
Israel says that Malaysia has become a fertile training and recruiting ground for Hamas and other militant Palestinian factions in recent years, and many of them have been recruited at the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur
The Palestinians will be sent to Malaysia to cover the return to the West Bank, where they will deliver messages and referrals to Hamas in Gaza.