(July 23, 2018 / JNS) Two Palestinians from the Gaza Strip, a scientist and a doctor, were found dead in Algeria on Sunday under what Palestinian media described as “suspicious circumstances,” sparking speculations that the two may have been assassinated.
Algerian authorities have launched an investigation into their deaths.
The victims were identified as scientist Suliman Muhammad al-Farra, 34, and Muhammad Hamid al-Banna, a 35-year-old physician, both from the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis.
Palestinian media reported the deceased had been found dead in al-Farra’s apartment in Zeralda, a suburb of the capital Algiers.
According to the reports, the Palestinian Embassy in Algiers informed the families that al-Farra and Albana had died from gas inhalation due to a leak.
The embassy denied allegations that the two had been assassinated, saying no foul play was suspected.
While both men were from Gaza, it was not immediately clear whether they had any linked to Hamas, the terrorist group that rules the coastal enclave. It also remains unclear what they were doing in Algiers.
In April, Hamas accused the Mossad, Israel’s national intelligence agency, of killing one its scientists, a rocket expert named Fadi al-Batsh, in a drive-by shooting in Malaysia.
In 2016, the terrorist group accused Israel of assassinating Mohammed Alzoari, one of its drone experts, in Tunisia.