Hamas leaders said they have hanged two Palestinians found guilty of spying for Israel for over a decade, making them the first to be executed since the end of a month-long amnesty for informants in April.
Both men, in their 40s, were charged with passing Israel information regarding the location of military outposts, governmental offices as well as weapon workshops which were later attacked by the IDF .
Sixteen Palestinians have been executed in Gaza for spying since Hamas seized the territory in 2007.
Human rights activists say such executions violate Palestinian law which says that any cases of this sort must be reviewed by President Mahmoud Abbas, but Hamas does not recognize the Western-backed Abbas as having authority in Gaza.
A year ago Palestinian gunmen reportedly shot dead six alleged Israeli collaborators in the Gaza Strip who “were caught red-handed,” according to a security source quoted by Hamas’ Aqsa radio.
The event prompted Hamas’ Deputy Politburo chief Mousa Abu Marzook to post a message on his Facebook page condemning the execution of the six.
He demanded that those behind the act be tried. “The way these collaborators were killed and the images after their death are totally unacceptable and those responsible must be indicted. These events must never repeat themselves,” he wrote.
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