Hamas militants grab a Palestinian suspected of collaborating with Israel before being executed in Gaza City.
(photo credit: REUTERS)
A Hamas court in the Gaza Strip on Monday sentenced five Palestinians to death after finding them guilty of “collaboration” with Israel.
The names of the five convicted men were not released for publication.
Sources in the Gaza Strip said, however, that one of them was born in 1964 and had been collaborating with Israel since 2008. They said the man had provided Israel with information about Hamas tunnels and the nature of their work.
The second man, who was born in 1985, also had been collaborating with Israel since 2008, the sources said. They claimed he had been in contact with his Israeli handlers through the Internet, providing them with information about the identities and location of Hamas members.
The third man, born in 1975, had worked at the Erez border crossing, where he was allegedly recruited as an Israeli informant, the sources added. They said he was found guilty of supplying Israel with information about Hamas members and the places from which rockets were being fired at Israeli communities. The information he passed on resulted in the death and injury of several Palestinians, the sources said.
The fourth convict, born in 1985, began working for Israel in 2010. He, too, was accused of passing on information to his Israeli handlers, which led to the killing of several Hamas members, the sources said.
The four were sentenced to death by hanging.
The fifth man, who was born in 1978, had been recruited as an informant in 2001 while he was returning from Israel to the Gaza Strip through the Erez crossing, the sources said. He, too, was found guilty of passing information that helped Israel locate and kill a number of Hamas members.
He was sentenced to death by firing squad.