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Amnesty Condemns Hamas Over Executions

Amnesty International calls on Hamas to stop executions of suspected collaborators, hours after 18 more Gazans are executed by the group.
By Elad Benari, Canada
First Publish: 8/23/2014, 1:09 AM

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Amnesty International on Friday called on Hamas to stop the executions of suspected collaborators with Israel.

The group’s call came amid reports that at least 18 more Gazans were put to death by firing squad for allegedly providing information to Israel.

“This flurry of executions by Hamas is made even more shocking by the fact that the victims were sentenced to death after trials which, if they happened at all, were summary and grossly unfair,” said Anne FitzGerald, Amnesty International’s Director of Research and Crisis Response.

“Hamas must immediately and totally cease its use of the death penalty,” she declared.

Majd, a website close to Hamas, just on Thursday reported that Hamas's "military wing," the Ezzedine Al-Qassam Brigades, executed three Gaza residents and arrested seven others for "collaborating" with Israel during Operation Protective Edge.

No date was given for the executions or arrests, but the Hamas security official quoted in the report said the three were killed after "revolutionary procedures" were completed against them.

In the last week of July, Palestinian sources reported that over 30 Gazans were executed by Hamas, most of them in the Shejaiya neighborhood. In that case too, Hamas claimed that they were collaborators with Israel.

“To put people to death following summary and grossly unfair proceedings is clearly cruel and inhumane. Hamas must also remember that the right to a fair trial before a competent court remains in force during times of armed conflict,” said Anne FitzGerald.

(Arutz Sheva’s North American desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)