Hamas arrests `collaborators` with Israel

The Gaza Strip`s Hamas rulers said they had arrested several "collaborators" with Israel and that they would prosecute any "traitor" working for the Jewish State.

Last Updated: Apr 10, 2011, 21:50 PM IST

Gaza City: The
Gaza Strip`s Hamas rulers said today they had arrested several
"collaborators" with Israel and that they would prosecute any
"traitor" working for the Jewish State.

"In the past couple of days, the internal security
forces detected several collaborators with the Zionist
occupation who were were working to destabilise security in
Gaza," a statement on the Hamas-run interior ministry website
said.

The statement provided no details on the number of
people arrested, or their alleged actions.

The ministry warned that it was actively monitoring
"suspicious movements" and that "any traitor who works with
the Zionist occupation will not escape legal prosecution".

Hamas has carried out sporadic arrests and
prosecutions of alleged collaborators with Israel.

On March 30, a Gaza military court condemned a man to
death and sentenced another to 15 years of forced labour for
collaborating with Israel. Both judgements are subject to
appeal.

Last April, two alleged collaborators were shot by
firing squad in the first executions to be carried out since
the Islamist movement seized power in June 2007.

Israeli security forces routinely use Palestinian
informers to thwart militant attacks and assist in the
assassinations of top militants.

PTI