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The Islamist Hamas which controls the Gaza Strip in the torn Palestinian territory has executed two men on Tuesday in defiance of President Mahmoud Abbas government from the West Bank.
According to Reuters, Hamas officials said that the Palestinian father and his son confessed to providing Israel with intelligence that assisted in the capturing and killing of Palestinians, including Abdel-Aziz al-Rantissi, the co-founder of Hamas who was killed by the Israeli Air Force in 2004.
Human rights groups have been vocal against the execution of the two men, who had made an appeal to the court but lost. In accordance with Palestinian law, executions are permitted but they require the approval of Abbas. Since the 2007 civil was, Hamas has controlled the Gaza Strip after driving out Abbas’ secular Fatah party.
Despite signing a reconciliation agreement in May, Fatah and Hamas are still disputing the implementation of a power-sharing government. In this case, the US-backed Abbas has declined to implement his provision on executions to impose an effective ban on death penalty in the West Bank, which is currently being occupied by Israel.
Since 2010, eight Gazans have faced the firing squad for espionage at the hand of the Hamas government.