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Ministry: Hamas executes 2 'collaborators' with Israel

May 7, 2014 7:29 P.M. (Updated: May 10, 2014 11:16 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Authorities in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Thursday executed two men for allegedly collaborating with Israel, Gaza's interior ministry said in a statement.

The last execution in Gaza, in October, was of a man found guilty of murder.

One man, identified by the initials Z.R., was executed for recruiting collaborators for Israel and for providing Israel with information on "resistance workshops and tunnels," which led to the death of several people, according to the statement.

The other man, identified as A.K., provided information for Israel that led to the death of Palestinians.

Z.R. was shot, while A.K. was hanged after the Gaza court sentenced them to death.

They were both collaborating with Israel for over 9 years, the statement added.

Although the death penalty is enshrined in the penal code of the Palestinian Authority, it requires the approval of the president.

Since Mahmoud Abbas' mandate was set to expire in 2009, the Hamas-run interior ministry in the Gaza Strip has carried out the death penalty since then without the approval of the PA leadership.

Since 2005, the PA has not carried out any executions, while according to Israeli human rights organization B'tselem, Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip had carried out 16 executions since that year as of Oct. 2013.

AFP contributed to this report.
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