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A Hamas military court on Sunday sentenced three former Fatah security men to death by firing squad for the 2007 killing of two journalists at a pro-Hamas newspaper.
The killings took place in May 2007 during factional fighting between the rival Fatah and Hamas factions. The following month, Hamas routed pro-Fatah security forces and seized control of Gaza.
The Hamas-controlled Interior Ministry announced the death sentences on its Web site, saying defendants Shadi Madhoun, Read Magossi and Shadi Ahmad were guilty of other unspecified crimes as well. It did not say when the executions would be carried out.
The men were accused in the deaths of Suleiman Ashi, an economics editor for the Felesteen newspaper, and Mohammed Abdo, a manager at the same publication.
According to news accounts at the time, Ashi and Abdo were dragged out of their taxi and gunned down at a Fatah roadblock in Gaza City.
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights condemned the use of the death penalty and called on Hamas and Fatah, which controls the West Bank, not to carry out executions.