GAZA: Hamas’s deputy leader has condemned the “unlawful” killing of sixÂ Palestinians in the Gaza StripÂ who were suspected of givingÂ information to Israel.
Moussa Abu Marzouk, in comments posted on his FacebookÂ page on Wednesday, urged the Islamist HamasÂ administration ruling Gaza to ensure thatÂ no one takes the law into their own hands.
“Punishing collaborators and especially those involved in the killing of ourÂ leaders must only be carried out in accordance with the law and through theÂ legal procedures,” Abu Marzouk said.
Citing an unidentified security source, Hamas’s al-Aqsa radio station saidÂ the six men were shot dead on Tuesday after being “caught red-handed” workingÂ for Israel, which has battered Gaza with air strikes for the past eight days inÂ an offensive it says is meant to stop rocket fire from the PalestinianÂ enclave.
“They possessed hi-tech equipment and filming equipment to take footage ofÂ positions,” al-Aqsa radio station said.
Gunmen chained the body of one of the alleged collaborators to a motorcycleÂ and dragged it throughout the main streets of Gaza City. At least one body wasÂ beaten, kicked and trampled.
Troubled by graphic photographs and footage of the incident, Abu MarzoukÂ added: “The way those collaborators were killed and the images after their deathÂ were completely unacceptable.”
“Those who did it should be punished and it must not be repeated,” said theÂ Hamas official, who is currently in Cairo.
Source: The Daily Star