Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip should urgently act to stop executions of Palestinians accused of providing information to the Israeli military and appropriately punish those behind the executions. News reports said unidentified gunmen believed to be acting on instructions from Hamas executed three people on August 21, 2014, 18 people on August 22, and four people on August 23.
Hamas officials told journalists that local courts had tried and sentenced some of the men to death for “collaborating with the enemy” but gave no details and did not release their names, ostensibly to protect their families. Gunmen carried out executions in an empty park and in a public square in Gaza City, and near a mosque in Jabalya, not at the Interior Ministry location where local regulations authorize carrying out judicial executions.
Photo 1: A masked gunman grabs a Palestinian man suspected of collaborating with Israel, before executing him in Gaza on August 22, 2014. © 2014 Reuters
Photo 2: Palestinians watch as masked gunmen execute Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel in Gaza on August 22, 2014. © 2014 Reuters
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