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  Iyar 2, 5773 , 12/04/13

Rights Group: Hamas has Not Probed November Executions

Human Rights Watch (HRW) cited the Hamas government in Gaza, Thursday, for apparently not even beginning what the New York-based group called "a promised investigation more than four months after gunmen killed seven Palestinian prisoners accused of collaboration with Israel." The accusation on the HRW Website coincided with what it called a Hamas deadline "for suspected collaborators to turn themselves in, promising them an amnesty."

The Website said, "The men, who were last seen alive in custody during the November 2012 fighting with Israel, were executed on a public street. One of the men’s bodies was dragged behind a motorcycle. Military courts had convicted the men primarily on the basis of coerced confessions, ignoring credible evidence that interrogators tortured at least six of them." HRW says the families of the dead men saw them alive in prison, days before they were killed, " raising concerns that prison officials failed to protect them from the killers or, worse, handed them over."

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