- Mar 27, 2007
A military court in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip on Monday sentenced six people, including a woman, to death by hanging for "collaborating" with Israel, authorities said.
In total 14 people were sentenced for "collaborating with the occupation," with six sentenced to be hanged and the rest sentenced to hard labour, the interior ministry in Gaza said.
The rulings came three weeks after eight people were killed when an alleged Israeli army cell in Gaza was uncovered on 11 November, leading to a vicious firefight.
Hamas fired hundreds of rockets at Israel in response, with the Jewish state striking dozens of targets in Gaza before a 13 November ceasefire agreement.
The six sentenced to death Monday were not directly related to the flare-up, officials said.
Iyad al-Bozum, the spokesman of the interior ministry in Gaza, told AFP they were linked "to a communications and eavesdropping device planted by the (Israeli) occupation".
Six Hamas members were killed when the device apparently exploded after detection near Deir al-Balah in central Gaza in May.
Among those sentenced was a woman living inside Israel, named only as Amal, who was sentenced in absentia and is alleged to have encouraged her nephew in Gaza to collaborate with Israeli intelligence, according to the interior ministry.
Bozum hailed the rulings as a "clear message" to those who would cooperate with Israel.
"Collaborators must realise the (Israeli) occupation will not be able to protect them," he told a news conference.
In May 2017, Hamas security forces invited journalists to attend the hanging in Gaza City of three men convicted over the assassination of a senior military commander of the Islamist movement.
During the 2014 war with Israel, a firing squad from Hamas's armed wing killed six men accused of collaborating with the Jewish state.