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Hamas sentences alleged spy to death

October 18, 2016 - 8:05 AM

GAZA, Palestinian Territory - A Hamas-run court in Gaza has sentenced a man to death for allegedly collaborating with Israel.

Officials said Tuesday that the sentence raises the number of people on death row to six — half for allegedly spying. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

Human rights groups have said Hamas' justice system is unfair and relies on torture. The executions also lack the required approval by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

In 2007, the Islamic militant Hamas seized control of Gaza from Abbas' forces. The Palestinian Center for Human Rights says Hamas has executed 22 people sentenced in its courts since the takeover.

During a 2014 war with Israel, Hamas carried out the extrajudicial killings of 23 alleged spies.

News from © The Associated Press, 2016
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