Hamas stages public burning of seized drugs in Gaza

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 11, 2010 10:49

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip  — Police in Gaza publicly burned large trash bags of drugs and alcohol bottles in what they say is an expanded anti-drug campaign.

Amer Issa, head of the Hamas anti-drug unit, said the drugs were smuggled from Israel or Egypt.He said that in July, Gaza police seized 150 kilograms of marijuana, four kilograms of cocaine, 200 bottles of alcohol and 2 million pain killer tablets many Gazans have been abusing as a narcotic.

Gaza's Attorney General Mohammed Abed said Tuesday that the arrested drug dealers connected to the July raid will face trial soon. He said some might be executed.



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