Three men accused of collaborating with Israel have been executed in Gaza, the Hamas-run interior ministry says.
The Palestinians – aged 32, 42 and 55 – were hanged after being convicted by a court of treason and conspiring with foreign parties, a statement said.
They are believed to have been arrested between six months to a year ago.
The executions come as Hamas investigates last month’s killing of a senior militant, Mazen Fuqaha. It has blamed Israel and local collaborators.
Human Rights Watch condemned Thursday’s executions as “abhorrent” and warned Hamas that they projected “weakness, not strength”.
“Hamas authorities will never achieve true security or stability through firing squads or by the gallows, but rather through respect for international norms and the rule of law,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, the US-based group’s Middle East director.
Israel occupied the Gaza Strip during the 1967 Middle East war. In 2005, it withdrew its troops and some 7,000 settlers.
In 2006, Hamas won Palestinian Legislative Council elections. It took control of Gaza the following year after a violent rift…
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