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UPDATED: Evidence mounts of extrajudicial executions by Gaza's Hamas rulers

Jan. 30, 2009 1:06 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 30, 2009 1:06 P.M.)
Editor's note: This updated version of this article contains further information translated from the Arabic report. Ma'an apologizes for the initial discrepancy between the Arabic and English versions. This article was updated at 12:02am on Saturday, Bethlehem time.

Bethlehem - Ma'an Exclusive - The de facto government in Gaza "categorically rejects" allegations that it carried out extrajudicial executions, physical attacks, and other human rights violations in Gaza during the Israel's three-week offensive against the territory.

Ma'an News Agency has compiled numerous of eyewitness accounts of violations by uniformed and civilian-clothed Hamas men. In the course of its investigation, Ma'an also consulted independent human rights monitors and political leaders from both Hamas and Fatah.

Contacted by Ma'an, the spokesperson for the Hamas-run Interior Ministry in Gaza, Ihab Al-Ghusein rejected these reports as false but did not address the details of the report.

Mentions of these incidents were made in the New York Times as early as a 29 December report that said at least five had been executed in Gaza City's Ash-Shifa hospital by Hamas militants. The five were said to have been collaborating with Israel. At least some of the dead had escaped from a Hamas-run prison when it was bombed by Israeli warplanes, the report said.

Another report by the Israeli journalist Amira Hass, noted that those being killed extrajudicially were collaborators, petty criminals and Fatah supporters. Hass' report in the newspaper Haaretz said that 40 to 80 people had been killed.

On Thursday, a senior Fatah leader in the West Bank, Ibrahim Abu Naja told Ma'an that between four and eight Fatah members had been victims of political killings carried out by de facto government security forces. Abu Naja declined to name the victims. He also said that dozens of other Fatah members had been put under house arrest during the Israeli campaign in Gaza.

Following the unilateral ceasefires declared two weeks ago, Fatah Spokesperson Fahmi Az-Zareer confirmed the death of at least 16 Fatah-affiliates and the injury of dozens of others, several of which had been shot in the foot or leg as the fighting in the Gaza Strip began. The statement also included the names of those killed.

On Wednesday Al-Ghusein, the Hamas spokesperson, called the reports "cover-ups" for the treatment of Hamas members in the West Bank.

"All of these statements are not true," Al-Ghusein said, and he called for "anyone who was attacked to file a complaint and if they are afraid as Fatah claims I call them to come to me in person to handle the issue."

On Saturday, however, Hamas leader in exile Mousa Abu Marzouq confirmed that Hamas did execute several collaborators during Israel's assault on the Gaza Strip, and that most of these collaborators were Fatah-affiliates.

The Independent Commission on Human Rights in Gaza released a report last Monday confirming documentation of the close-range shooting of a "number" of individuals in the Gaza Strip during Israel's war on the area. The ICHR report said the perpetrators of the shootings were often in official uniforms but sometimes masked, and "opened fire on people's legs, severely beat others, imposed house arrests, and threatened to punish citizens along with their family members if they would not comply."

The committee called for a halt to such extra-judicial violence, and also noted that they feared retaliation acts in the West Bank for the harsh treatment of Fatah members in Gaza.

The report said 20 were killed and 116 were shot in the lower limbs. At least 150 Fatah-affiliates were also put under house arrest by order of the de facto Ministry of the Interior.

According to Fatah, a number of those killed had been political prisoners, and others were taken and interrogated on suspicion of collaboration with Israel.

Separately official documents from the de facto government were obtained by Ma'an, which corroborate reports of house arrests. The documents name Fatah members and contain orders not to leave the home except for Friday prayer. If the orders are disobeyed, the papers say, cases will be handled "in the field."

De facto government officials would neither confirm nor deny whether the papers were authentic or whether the information they contained was true.

In full, the following are the witness accounts Ma'an has compiled of rights violations carried out by the de facto government.

Misuse of weapons, arbitrary arrest, etc

1. Sami Hasan Taneera/ Gaza City /An-Nasser / Shot in the feet; seized and transported in a police car. Taneera is a preacher in a mosque.

2. Basem Imad Jarada/Gaza City/ Ash-Shuja'iyah/ Seized and shot in the feet.

3. Hazem Abed Al- Kareem Abu Maraheel/ Gaza City /An-Nasser/ Seized, shot in the feet.

4. Abed Al-Kareem Abu Maraheel / Gaza /An-Nasser / Injured by bullet shards after his son was seized.

5. Basem Abed Al-Kareem Abu Maraheel / Gaza / An-Nasser / Injured by bullet shards after his brother was seized.

6. Hasen Musa Rabay'ah / An-Nuseirat / seized and shot in the feet.

7. Ahmad As-Suweisi/Az-Zeitun / Shot in the feet.

8. Hisham Tawfiq An-Najjar / Gaza City/ Sheikh Radwan / Beaten then shot and killed. Masked men reportedly attempted to kidnap his son. The men reportedly ordered him and 11 others to lie down and, then shot them. The 11 others were reportedly injured, including two young girls.

9. Ramzy Khalil Abu Rawa / Jabaliya Refugee Camp/ Shot. Five brothers threatened with death.

10. Muhammad Abu Safia / Jabaliya Refugee Camp / Shot in the feet

11. Muhammad Khalid Tdaher / Jabaliya Refugee Camp / Injured by shrapnel in the face.

12. Mahran Saba/ Gaza City/ Shot in the feet and beat.

13. Hatem Abu Habal / Shot. Transferred to Egypt for treatment.

14. Hesham Ibrahim Al-Khalidi /Al Bureij Refugee Camp / Shot on the feet.

15. Musa Fayed /Al Buriej Refugee Camp / Shot on the feet.

16. Muhammad Omar Al-Alam shot on the feet / Al-Bureij Refugee Camp.

17. Ahmad Juda / Al-Buriej Refugee Camp / Shot in the feet.

18. Zuheir Al-A'ydi/ shot in the feet/ Gaza /Zaytoun / transferred to Egypt for treatment.

19. Mamduh Ghazawi/ Shot and transferred to Egypt for treatment.

20. Imad Al-Ghazawi/Gaza City /Zayoun / shot on the feet.

21. Mahmoud Saleh / Jabaliya / Shot on the feet.

Extrajudicial killing

22. Naser Muhana was sentenced to two years and five months in prison after being accused of plotting a coup against Gaza's government. When Israeli warplanes bombed the prison in the Gaza government compound in December, he attempted to escape. Masked Hamas men caught him and shot him, sources in Gaza said.

23. Saher Silawi, from the city of Rafah City was reportedly shot and killed at a funeral procession of a Fatah member in December.

24. Hasan Hijazi, a member of the leftist Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, was killed after being kidnapped by masked men in Jabaliya Refugee Camp in January. Hamas apologized after saying he was killed by mistake.

25. Ahmad Izzat Shaquara, from the city of Khan Younis, was reportedly kidnapped in January. He was shot in the feet died shortly after. There were a total of 15 separate reports of shootings in Khan Younis.

26. Ahmad Az-Za'anin, age 42, not affiliated with a political faction, was abducted from his home in the town of Beit Hanoun in January and found dead. He apparently struck in the head with a sharp object. Hamas released a statement on his death saying that the incident was a result of security chaos resulting from the Israeli onslaught.
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