Hamas Executes 5 Palestinians to Death, 2 for Collaboration with Israel. PHOTO/Reuters
“On Sunday morning, the death penalty was imposed on two convicted for cooperating with the (Israeli) occupation, and three others in criminal cases,” Hamas said in a statement.
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It added that the defendants had previously been given their “full right to defend themselves”. Hamas’ Interior Ministry gave the initials and year of birth of the five Palestinians executed, but did not give their full names.
The two people executed for “collaborating” with Israel were men born in 1978 and 1968. The older of the two is a resident of Khan Yunis in the south of the blockaded Gaza Strip.
“He was convicted of supplying Israel in 1991 with information about resistance people, their residences and the location of rocket launch pads,” the Hamas statement said.
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“The second was condemned for supplying Israel in 2001 with intelligence “leading to the targeting and martyrdom of citizens” by Israeli forces,” the statement added. The other three people executed on Sunday have been convicted of murder.
According to the Abu Ali Express, two people were reportedly executed by shooting, and the rest were executed by hanging. News organizations, citing Gaza journalists, named one of those executed as Jibril Carmut, who killed a Hamas policeman in clashes several months ago.
Palestinian law says President Mahmoud Abbas has the final say on whether executions can be carried out, however, he has no effective rule in Gaza.