Hamas condemns six Gazans to death for cooperating with Israel

Six Palestinians were condemned to death for cooperating with Israel by the military judiciary in Gaza.

Old rope with hangman’s noose (illustrative). (photo credit: INGIMAGE)
Old rope with hangman’s noose (illustrative).
(photo credit: INGIMAGE)

Hamas condemned six people to death on Thursday for cooperating with Israel, the military judiciary in the Gaza Strip announced on Thursday.

Additional sentences were issued as well, ranging from hard labor to life in prison, as well as one acquittal due to lack of evidence. 

Two of the people sentenced to death, a 58-year-old Gazan and a 57-year-old resident of Khan Younis, have evaded the authorities in the Gaza Strip, according to the military judiciary. 

The judiciary stated in the announcement that the sentences were issued "within the framework of carrying out its duty to protect Palestinian society, and to confront the scourge of communication with the Israeli occupation."

A drug addict stands behind bars at a Hamas-run prison in Gaza City March 1, 2017 (credit: MOHAMMED SALEM/REUTERS)A drug addict stands behind bars at a Hamas-run prison in Gaza City March 1, 2017 (credit: MOHAMMED SALEM/REUTERS)

Earlier this month, the military judiciary announced that two Palestinians were sentenced to death by hanging and another two were sentenced to hard labor on charges of collaborating with Israel.

According to the Palestinian Safa news agency, any collaborator who surrenders willingly to the authorities in Gaza will benefit from an easing of trial procedures.