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Hamas executes 4 alleged collaborators in Gaza

Aug. 23, 2014 4:58 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 25, 2014 10:02 A.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas executed four alleged collaborators with Israel in the courtyard of a mosque in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip on Saturday.

Witnesses told Ma'an that armed men brought the group of four into the court and opened fire at them while dozens of locals gathered.

The Hamas-affiliated Al-Majd website quoted security sources as saying that the four were executed in a "revolutionary" way after "legal measures were completed."

Hamas reportedly declined to release the names or pictures of the executed for the sake of social stability.

The reports come after the Palestinian Authority's presidential office denounced the 18 executions of alleged collaborators on Friday and three the day before, calling them "extrajudicial" and condemning Hamas for failing to abide by existing legal procedures for dealing with the cases.

Although collaboration with Israel is punishable by death in the Palestinian legal code, president Mahmoud Abbas has maintained a moratorium on the death penalty since 2005.

In Gaza, however, death sentences are still carried out as the legitimacy of president Abbas -- whose term officially ended in 2009 -- was not recognized, at least not until a national reconciliation deal in April that technically recognized him.

Israel maintains an extensive network of collaborators in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank who help gather intelligence for Israeli strikes and raids.
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