Hamas sentences 7 Gazans to death by hanging for ‘collaboration’ with Israel

Defendants accused of providing information about terror group members in return for cash, other benefits

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, October 2, 2013. (AP/Gaza Interior Ministry)
File photograph released by the Gaza Strip Interior Ministry purports to show a gallows in the Gaza Strip, October 2, 2013. (Interior Ministry/AP)

A military court in the Gaza Strip on Sunday sentenced seven people to death by hanging for “collaboration” with Israel, the coastal enclave’s Hamas-run interior ministry said.

The court also sentenced seven others to “life imprisonment with hard labor,” which in Gaza amounts to 25 years, the ministry said in a statement.

Regarding those sentenced to death, the court said they had provided information to Israel on terror groups in Gaza — including names, phone numbers, addresses and weapons caches — in return for money, the Maan News agency reported. One of the defendants was allegedly given a permit to work in Israel in return for information he provided.

The terror group Hamas controls Gaza, and the military court there has regularly issued death sentences for people found guilty of “collaboration” with Israel.

Under Palestinian law, a death sentence requires the approval of the president of the Palestinian Authority, which is headquartered in the West Bank.

But since Hamas took control of the Gaza Strip in 2007 it has repeatedly ignored this, and last September executed two Palestinians for “collaboration” with Israel as well as three others for murder.

In April, two people were sentenced to death and four others were given life sentences on the same charges of collaborating with Israel.

At least 17 death sentences were issued in 2022 in the Gaza Strip.

Israel and terror groups in Gaza including Hamas have fought several wars over the past 15 years.

Some 2.3 million Palestinians live in the Gaza Strip, which has been under Israeli-led blockade since Hamas rose to power. Israel says the blockade, which is also enforced by Egypt, is needed to prevent terror groups smuggling weapons into Gaza. Goods arrive in Israel where they are reviewed and then trucked into the enclave.

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