Three Gazans convicted of collaborating with Israeli intelligence

Published November 9th, 2015 - 08:01 GMT

A Gazan military court on Sunday sentenced three Palestinian men from Gaza City's Zaytoun neighborhood to prison, in addition to penal labor, after they were convicted of collaborating with Israeli intelligence.

One of the men, 30, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, while another 30-year-old suspect was sentence with nine years. The third man, 25, was given a seven-year sentence.

Information passed to Israel's security services by Palestinian collaborators is often used to make arrests and assassinate high-profile political and militant figures.

In August last year, 18 suspected collaborators were killed by Hamas when the group announced a crackdown on Palestinians alleged to be working with Israel.

Under Palestinian law, collaboration with Israel may be punishable by death.

All execution orders are supposed to be approved by the president before they can be carried out, but Hamas no longer recognizes the legitimacy of incumbent Mahmoud Abbas, whose four-year term ended in 2009.

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