Gaza court sentences 4 to death for ‘spying for Israel’
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Gaza court sentences 4 to death for ‘spying for Israel’

Court in Hamas-run enclave says three of the suspects were sentenced in absentia after having ‘fled from justice’

Illustrative photo of a Hamas rally in the Gaza Strip on December 6, 2015. (AFP/Said Khatib)
Illustrative photo of a Hamas rally in the Gaza Strip on December 6, 2015. (AFP/Said Khatib)

GAZA CITY — A court in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Wednesday sentenced four Palestinians to death on charges of spying for Israel, a statement and court sources said.

The court said in a brief statement that a 23-year-old man from the Zeitoun area south of Gaza City had been sentenced to death on espionage charges. It did not provide his name.

Three other men who “fled from justice” were also found guilty in absentia, it said.

A court source told AFP the four were convicted on “charges of spying for the occupation”, including “surveillance” and providing information about cars and homes to help Israel plan alleged assassinations.

Hamas, a terror group sworn to Israel’s destruction, took over the Gaza Strip in 2007 after a battle with Fatah, which runs the Palestinian Authority.

Eighty death sentences have been given in Gaza since that date.

The Islamist group has previously carried out executions against those accused of dealing with Israelis, with the killings sometimes taking place in public squares.

Under Palestinian law, collaborators, murderers and drug traffickers can face the death penalty.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report

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