Seven people were sentenced to death on Sunday by a military court in Hamas-ruled Gaza for collaborating with Israel, the Interior Ministry said, adding that seven others were sentenced to life imprisonment with hard labor, each of which amounts to 25 years.
Per the accusation, the Gazans were detained between 2017 and 2019 for providing Israeli authorities with information on Hamas members’ homes and contact details as well as the location of tunnels and rocket launch sites.
According to the Interior Ministry, Hamas regularly sentences to death people convicted of collaborating with Israel and last year alone it issued 17 death, two of which in September and four in April.
Although a ruling requires death sentences to be approved by the Palestinian Authority’s president in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the militant group, which has ruled the blockaded enclave since 2007, has largely ignored it.
Amid increasing dissatisfaction with Hamas rule, which has done little to relieve the daily suffering of some 2.3 million Palestinians that live in the Gaza Strip, last week came rare demonstrations.
Protest organizer Rami Herzallah told the media that people living under siege while the leaders of Hamas are living in palaces abroad is one of the major monuments of corruption in Gaza.