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Palestinian NGO condemns Gaza death sentence
July 21, 2016
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GAZA CITY: A Palestinian human rights organisation condemned on Wednesday the latest death sentences handed down by tribunals in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

A military court in the coastal Palestinian enclave condemned a local man to death on Tuesday on charges of collaborating with Israel, while death sentences issued previously against two others were confirmed by a higher military tribunal.

The Gaza Military Court announced a sentence of death by hanging for the man identified as MS, 59, from the Tuffah area east of Gaza city on charges of “collaborating with the Israeli occupation.”

The Higher Military Court said it had confirmed execution orders against two other men, one a 49-year-old man from Khan Yunis, by hanging and a Gaza City man aged 38 by firing squad.

Both men were convicted of aiding Israeli security forces.

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights condemned in a statement the “excessive” punishment and said that “civilians should not appear before military courts.”

The authorities in Gaza executed three men behind closed doors in May, the first time the death penalty had been carried out since 2014.

Thirteen death sentences have been pronounced this year, 12 of which were issued by military courts, according to PCHR.

In total, 177 death sentences have been handed out since the creation of the Palestinian Authority in 1994, 30 in the West Bank and 147 in Gaza.

Agence France-Presse

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