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Hamas sentences 6 to death for ‘spying for Israel’

A Hamas military court condemns six Gazan men to death by hanging for allegedly spying for Israel, according to the Palestinian news site Safa.

Three of the men are newly sentenced and three others have their prior sentences upheld by the court.

The report says seven other men also charged with spying for Israel receive prison sentences ranging from 12 to 17 years.

The verdicts raise the number of people on death row to 10, a number likely to increase since others are still appealing their death sentences. The courts have sentenced Gaza residents to death by hanging or shooting for convictions of murder or collaborating with Israel.

Human rights groups are concerned about the provision of fair trial standards under Hamas, an Islamic terror group that seized power in Gaza in 2007.

The Western-backed Palestinian Authority in the West Bank has issued a small number of death sentences over the years, but none have been approved by President Mahmoud Abbas or carried out.

— Dov Lieber and AP

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