Crime & Justice

Hamas executes five prisoners, including two Israel ‘collaborators’ in Gaza

Gaza, Sep 4 (EFE).- Hamas, the de-facto ruling Islamist group of the Gaza Strip, executed five Palestinians on Sunday, including two for “collaborating” with Israel.

“On Sunday morning, the death sentence was carried out against two condemned over collaboration with the occupation and three others in criminal cases,” Hamas said in a statement.

Hamas’ interior ministry did not disclose the prisoners’ full names but it gave their initials and years of birth. They were executed by hanging at 5.00 am local time.

The two hanged for “collaboration” with Israel were men born in 1968 and 1978.

The older was a resident of Khan Yunis in the southern part of the coastal enclave and was convicted of providing Israel with “information on men of the resistance, their residence and the location of rocket launchpads” in 1991, according to Hamas.

The second was convicted of giving Israel details in 2001 that “led to the attacking and martyrdom of citizens” by Israeli forces, the organization said.

The other three were found guilty of murder.

Sunday’s hangings raise the total number of executions since Hamas took control of the strip in 2007 to 33.

Under Palestinian law, death sentences require the approval of Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, but Hamas, which governs Gaza independently of the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), has carried out executions without his permission.

The last executions that Hamas carried out in the Strip were in 2017, according to the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem. EFE


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