Websites affiliated with the resistance in Gaza reported that the agent involved returned to Gaza without “Mossad advice”, and that he made the call because he needed money, a call that led to his exposure. Also, his initial confessions indicate that he shot the martyr Al-Batsh himself.
Gaza- The Ministry of the Interior and National Security, run by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Gaza, revealed the arrest of the person involved in the assassination of Palestinian engineer Fadi al-Batsh, for the benefit of the Israeli Foreign Intelligence Service (Mossad) in Malaysia in 2018.
The ministry’s spokesman, Iyad Al-Bazm, said – in an official statement today, Sunday – that through the ongoing investigations with the Internal Security Agency, “the confessions of one of the detainees indicate his involvement, and commissioned by the Israeli Mossad, to participate in the assassination of the martyr Al-Batsh, and investigations are being completed in the case.”
It was revealed by a phone call
While Al-Buzm did not provide more details about the person involved, reliable sources told Al-Jazeera Net that he is a resident of the Gaza Strip, has been involved in espionage with Israel for years, and has participated in operations for the Mossad outside the Strip.
The sources – who preferred to remain anonymous – indicated that a joint operation between the resistance and the security services led to the arrest of this informant, upon his return to Gaza.
According to these sources, security in Gaza monitored a phone call between an informant and an Israeli officer, which led to his arrest a few days ago. By interrogating him, he admitted his involvement in the assassination of Engineer al-Batsh.
And websites affiliated with the resistance in Gaza reported that the agent returned to Gaza without “Mossad advice”, and that he made the call because he needed money, a call that led to his exposure. Also, his initial confessions indicate that he shot the martyr Al-Batsh himself.
Al-Batsh’s life and assassination
The Mossad assassinated Al-Batsh on April 21, 2018, while he was on his way to perform the dawn prayer at a mosque near his home in a suburb of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur.
The engineer, Martyr Al-Batsh, was born in 1983 in the city of Jabalia, north of Gaza, and studied electrical engineering at the Islamic University in the Strip. He traveled to Malaysia to obtain a doctorate in the field of energy in 2011.
During his stay with his family in Malaysia, Al-Batsh lectured at the University of Kuala Lumpur, and he was one of the initiators of the establishment of the International Association of Palestinian Engineers in Malaysia.
Al-Batsh holds a patent for increasing the efficiency of electric power networks, in addition to inventing a device to improve electrical power transmission.
The expert in security affairs, Rami Abu Zubaydah, described the arrest of those involved in al-Batsh’s assassination as a “painful security blow” to the occupation, and might lead to the detection of “cells” of agents in Arab and Western capitals and squares.
Abu Zubaydah told Al Jazeera Net that this process is gaining more importance and achievement, which is recorded in favor of the security and resistance services in Gaza, as it is “the first of its kind as an intelligence work with an international dimension.”
According to the expert, this person involved represents an “information treasure”, and its capture indicates the development of the capabilities of the security services in Gaza in its intelligence conflict with Israel, which is one of the most powerful countries in the world in this field.