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Palestinian human rights organizations have condemned Saturday’s execution of
three men in the Gaza Strip.
One was hanged after being found guilty by a
Hamas court of “collaboration” with Israel. The other two were convicted on
charges that included murder and homosexuality with a minor.
not release the names of any of the three, who were executed early Saturday at a
Hamas-run security installation in Gaza City.
The Hamas Interior
Ministry, which oversees the work of the security forces in the Gaza Strip, said
in a statement that that the executions had been aimed at “protecting the safety
of the public.” The three had been sentenced to death by hanging by a
Palestinian military court, the ministry said.
The ministry added that in
accordance with the law and traditions, the families of the victims were asked
at the last minute whether they were willing to forgive the convicts. The
families declined, paving the way for the executions.
did not provide further details about the charges against the man charged with
The Palestinian Center for Human Rights condemned the
executions, saying they were in violation of the law and constitution.
pointed out that executions require the approval of the PA president – something
that was not made available in this case. It also said it was opposed in
principle to the death penalty because it was inhuman and in violation of human
PA Health Minister Fathi Abu Mughli also condemned the
executions, especially because they coincided with World Health Day.