Gaza city: Gaza`s Hamas rulers on Tuesday
executed two Palestinians convicted of collaboration with
Israel, the interior ministry said in a statement.
It was the second time this year that the Islamist
movement had carried out an execution of someone accused of
`collaborating` with the Israelis.
The statement did not say how the death sentence was
carried out, and it was not immediately clear when the two men
In May, a man referred to as AS was executed by firing
squad after being convicted of collaboration a month earlier.
Under Palestinian law, collaboration with Israel, murder
and drug trafficking are all punishable by death.
By law, all execution orders must be approved by the
Palestinian president before they can be carried out, but
Hamas no longer recognises the legitimacy of Mahmud Abbas,
whose four-year term ended in 2009.
In recent months, Hamas has arrested several alleged
collaborators, and warned it would prosecute any "traitor"
working for the Jewish state.
In March, 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
In April 2010, Gaza`s Hamas rulers carried out a death
sentence against two Palestinians accused of collaboration in
the first such execution since the Islamists seized power in
A month later, three more people were executed on charges
unrelated to collaboration, human rights groups say.
Israeli security forces routinely use Palestinian
informers to thwart militant attacks and assist in the
assassination of top militant.