NEWYou can now listen to Fox News articles!
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.
“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.
UKRAINE’S ZELENSKYY SAYS HE ‘COUNTS’ ON ISRAEL TO SANCTION RUSSIA, JERUSALEM REMAINING SILENT ON SANCTIONS
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.”
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.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP
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.