Hamas hangs two Gazans for "collaboration with Israel"
Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip, executed two Palestinians on Tuesday for collaborating with Israel, the Hamas Interior Ministry in the Gaza Strip announced, dpa reported.
The two, identified only by the initials MAQ and RAQ, were hanged "after they applied to the court (for an annulment of their sentence) and their request was denied by the court," a ministry statement said.
The two were sentenced to death for collaboration in 2004.
The statement added that "the (Hamas) government (in the Gaza Strip) two weeks ago made a decision to execute Palestinians convicted of collaboration with the Israeli occupation."
Since Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip by force in June 2007, 15 Palestinians have been executed after being found guilty of collaboration. Thirteen were killed by firing squad, and two were hanged.