Hamas executes five Palestinians, 2 of them for aiding Israel, Gaza interior ministry says


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Hamas authorities executed five Palestinians on Sunday morning, two of them for aiding Israel, Gaza’s interior ministry said.

The dawn executions in Gaza were the first in the Palestinian territories since 2017, Reuters reported. The five unidentified men were killed by hanging or firing squad.

The ministry said two convicted spies, ages 44 and 54, aided Israel by giving them information that led to the deaths of two Palestinians. This information could not be independently confirmed.

General view of Gaza City on May 29, 2022.
(REUTERS/Mohammed Salem/File photo)

“This morning, the Ministry of Interior and National Security carried out the death sentences of five convicts in security and criminal cases, two of them were found guilty of collaborating with the occupation, and three others have been convicted of criminal murder,” the ministry said. said.

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The ministry said the espionage charges dated back to 2015 and 2009, Reuters reported.

He added, “The Ministry of Home Affairs and National Security will continue to fulfill its responsibilities and duty to enforce the law in order to maintain and protect security and community peace.”

Masked operatives of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in the central Gaza Strip on August 8, 2022.

Masked operatives of the al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, in the central Gaza Strip on August 8, 2022.
(Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The ministry did not provide information on the alleged attack that resulted in the deaths of the two Palestinians. The executions were condemned by human rights groups.

Hamas, an internationally recognized terrorist group, has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007.

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Masked members of the al-Qassam Brigades, during a funeral at al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, August 8, 2022.

Masked members of the al-Qassam Brigades, during a funeral at al-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, August 8, 2022.
(Majdi Fathi/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The United States originally designated Hamas a foreign terrorist organization in 1997 because its terrorist activities threaten “the security of United States nationals or the national security (national defense, foreign relations, or economic interests) of the United States”, according to the State Department.


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