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Gaza man sentenced to death after being convicted of helping Israel

By Mason White 5:34 PM August 27, 2013
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By: John Roberts
A man will be executed after he was found guilty of helping Israel, according to court proceedings in the Palestinian controlled Gaza Strip.

A Hamas court in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday sentenced the man to death on charges of collaborating with Israel.

The court ruled that the man, identified only as B.H., will killed by hanging, but did not set a date for the execution.

Another man was sentenced to death for criminal charges of killing three Palestinians in Khan Younis.

The Hamas security services have cracked down on collaborators in the Gaza Strip since the launch of a media campaign meant to discourage working with Israeli intelligence.

Under Palestinian law, collaboration with Israel is punishable by death.

However, all execution orders must be approved by the president before they can be carried out. Hamas does not recognize the legitimacy of Mahmoud Abbas, whose four-year term ended in 2009.