Hamas receives corpse of Gaza scientist killed in Malaysia

Screen Shot Protesters during the “Great Return March”

After Yaser Murtaja, Ahmed Abu Hussein, another Gazan photojournalist‎, who was seriously injured last Friday while documenting the March of Return, succumbed to injuries Wednesday afternoon, Gaza's Health Ministry has said.

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.

After al-Batsh was killed, Israeli government leaders announced that they would prevent burring al-Batsh in Gaza until Hamas militants bring back the bodies of missing Israeli soldiers, who had been missing since the Israeli war waged on Gaza in 2014.

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 later transferred to Gaza, health officials said, ahead of his funeral.

Since the rallies began on March 30, at least 41 Palestinian demonstrators - including five children - have been killed by cross-border Israeli gunfire, according to ministry figures.

Hussein was wearing a blue vest marked "Press" and a helmet marked "TV" when he was shot while standing amid a group of protesters.

Those at the funeral chanted slogans calling for media freedom to be respected.

Abu Hussein is the second journalist to be killed while covering the protests in Gaza. Hamas Politburo Chief Ismail Haniyeh said on the same day that the Islamist movement "holds Israel responsible" for his death.

Hundreds of Palestinians have participated in the funeral of a Gaza journalist who died after being shot by Israeli troops while covering a border protest.

Israel says it only opens fire when necessary to stop damage to the fence, infiltrations and attacks.



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