Hamas intends to execute two Palestinians from the Gaza Strip who were recently
convicted of “collaborating” with Israel.
A Hamas official said that the
two men, who were not identified, would be executed by hanging by the end of
this month, probably next week.
The official said that the two men had
been convicted by a Palestinian court of passing on to Israeli authorities
information that led to the killing of Palestinians.
Salah Eddin Abu
Sharkh, a senior official with the Hamas-run Gaza Interior Ministry, confirmed
that his government planned to execute convicted “collaborators” in the near
Hamas authorities recently arrested several Palestinians on
suspicion of aiding Israeli authorities, he said.
The arrests were
carried out after a deadline offered by Hamas to suspected collaborators to hand
themselves in expired, Abu Sharkh said.
The deadline, part of a campaign
waged against collaborators, was offered by the Hamas government on March 12,
and expired on May 12.
Those who handed themselves in were promised that
their identities would not be disclosed. Collaborators who were not involved in
killings were offered amnesty.