Three men accused of “collaborating” with Israel were hanged Thursday in Gaza.
According to Times of Israel, the hangings, which were carried out by Palestinian terror group Hamas, were part of a crackdown on “collaborators” following the recent assassination of Hamas chief Mazen Faqha on March 25.
In a statement, Hamas’s Gaza interior and national security ministry said that none of the suspects executed were involved with Faqha’s assassination, though they were accused of facilitating the death of Hamas members by providing Israel with information on their whereabouts.
One 32-year-old suspect was accused providing information to Israeli intelligence in 2010, which Hamas claimed led to the assassination of its members
The executions were condemned as “abhorrent” by Human Rights Watch Middle East division executive director Sarah Leah Whitson.
Whitson said the executions “project weakness, not strength.”
Hamas, for its part, said the suspects received a fair trial “according to our Sharia and our true religion, according to Palestinian law, which manifested the right of the homeland and its citizens, and maintained communal security.”
The terror group has handed out 96 death penalties since assuming control of the Gaza Strip in 2007, six of which took place in February, Times of Israel said.
“Hamas authorities will never achieve true security or stability through firing squads or by the gallows, but rather through respect for international norms and the rule of law,” Whitson added.