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Hamas drone and rocket engineer Fadi al-Batsch

The body of Hamas senior commander and electrical engineer Dr. Fadi al-Batsch, 35, is scheduled to enter Gaza on Wednesday at 2 pm via the Rafah Crossing with Egypt, a family member has told the Hamas-linked Al-Rai news outlet.


PLO ‘Ambassador’ to Egypt Diab al-Louh said in a statement Tuesday that Cairo agreed to allow the body of al-Batsch to enter Gaza. He added it would be transported to Cairo via Saudi Arabian Airlines from Malaysia, before it is brought to Gaza.

However, al-Louh did not say when the body is expected to arrive in Gaza.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said this past Sunday in an interview with Galei Tzahal Army Radio that Israel asked Egypt not to allow the body to reach Gaza.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.