Hamas sentences 2 to death, 2 to hard labor for collaborating with Israel

Men from southern Gaza Strip to be hanged; Palestinian Authority court in Bethlehem court gives man 15 years for land sale to Israelis

This photograph released by the Gaza Strip Interior Ministry purports to show a gallows prepared for the execution of Hani Abu Aliyan, a 28-year-old convicted of killing two people, in the Gaza Strip, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013. (AP/Gaza Interior Ministry)
Illustrative: Hamas authorities prepare a gallows for an execution in the Gaza Strip, October 2, 2013. (Gaza Interior Ministry/AP)

Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip sentenced two men to death on allegations that they had collaborated with Israel, according to Sunday reports.

A Hamas court ordered that the two men, from Khan Younis and Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, be hanged.

Reports did not say when the sentence will be carried out.

Two other men were sentenced to hard labor, also for collaborating with Israel.

The sentences came as a Palestinian Authority court in the West Bank city of Bethlehem sentenced a man to 15 years in prison for attempting to sell land to Jewish Israelis.

Under Palestinian Authority law, selling land to Jews can be a capital offense.

Hamas authorities have held public executions in the past of those it accuses of collaborating with Israel.

The terror group, which says it seeks to destroy Israel, has controlled Gaza since 2007, when it ousted the Fatah-dominated PA from the territory.

The PA, based in the West Bank, has long criticized rivals Hamas for carrying out executions without the approval of PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

According to Palestinian law, the PA president must approve the enforcement of any death sentence. Since 2006, Abbas has not given his official blessing for the implementation of a single execution.

According to B’Tselem, an Israeli human rights group, Hamas has sentenced 130 people to death since 2007 and has executed 25 people. With the two fresh sentences, Hamas has sentenced seven people to death this year, figures show.

The PA has not executed anyone since 2005, when five people were put to death.

Executions by Palestinians, whether by the PA or Hamas, have in the past met with international condemnation.

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