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Gaza: 6 sentenced to death for spying for Israel

Qatari officials are seen at the opening ceremony of a court in Gaza on 16 September 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]
Gaza court on 16 September 2018 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

A Palestinian military court in Gaza has sentenced six Palestinians to death for spying for Israel, Minister of Interior in Gaza spokesman Iyad Al-Bozom said yesterday.

The court also sentenced eight other defendants to prison for various periods in addition to hard labour, Al-Bozom added.

“The verdicts are a clear message to spies of the [Israeli] occupation,” Al-Bozom said.

Five of the collaborators are to be hanged while the sixth will be shot in the head.

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He noted that the one sentenced to be shot in the head is accused of collaborating with a “hostile foreign entity”.

“The security services achieved several successes that narrowed the net around Israel’s collaborators and dissolved a number of their security chains,” Al-Bozom said.

He stressed that the security services had undermined many of planned Israeli operations which would have taken place against Palestinians in Gaza.

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