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Hamas Executes Gazans for Murder and Alleged Collaboration with Israel

This is a locator map of Israel and the Palestinian Territories. (AP Photo)
This is a locator map of Israel and the Palestinian Territories. (AP Photo)

Gaza’s Hamas authorities Sunday executed five Palestinian men convicted in separate cases of murder and alleged collaboration with Israel.

The Interior Ministry said the executions meant “to achieve public deterrence and security,” but rights groups in the past have questioned fair-trial standards in the military and civilian courts of the Islamic militant group.

Two of the men, both members of the Palestinian security forces, were killed by firing squad, and the other three were hanged at dawn at a security site in Gaza City.

The executions were the first since Hamas executed three Gazans after a hasty trial in the killing a leader of the group in 2017.

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