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    Hamas Executes Suspected Palestinian Informants

    • A protester holds a mock rocket during a demonstration against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, in the West Bank city of Hebron, Aug. 22, 2014.
    • A man pushes a burning tire during a protest in Hebron, Aug. 22, 2014.
    • Members of Palestinian security forces try to stop the Palestinian protesters from clashing with Israeli troops during a demonstration against the Israeli offensive in Gaza, in the West Bank city of Hebron, Aug. 22, 2014.
    • Protesters run from tear gas fired by Palestinian riot police in Hebron, Aug. 22, 2014.
    • Palestinians attend Friday prayers among the ruins of a mosque that was hit by an airstrike in Rafah, Aug. 22, 2014.
    • Palestinians flee from their houses following an airstrike, in Gaza City, Aug. 22, 2014.
    • Hamas militants preparing to execute Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel, in Gaza City, Aug. 22, 2014.
    • Palestinians watch as Hamas militants execute Palestinians suspected of collaborating with Israel, in Gaza City, Aug. 22, 2014.
    VOA News

    Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip have executed 18 Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel.

    Witnesses say that in one incident, the militants lined up seven men outside a mosque in one of Gaza's main squares.  The gunmen shot the suspects, whose heads were covered by bags, in front of hundreds of people.

    A note posted on a nearby wall said the men had leaked information about the location of tunnels, fighters and weapons that were later struck by Israel.

    The executions took place one day after Israel killed three top Hamas military commanders.

    Also Friday, Hamas claimed responsibility for kidnapping and killing three Israeli teenagers in June - the incident that led to the current war in Gaza.

    Hamas leader Saleh Arouri told a conference in Turkey that Hamas' military wing carried out the operation with the goal of starting an uprising.

    Speaking in Arabic at the International Union for Muslim Scholars in Istanbul, Arouri said Hamas aimed to "ignite an intifada" by Palestinians in the West Bank and Jerusalem.  He said that effort "reached a peak in the heroic operation that the Al-Qassam Brigades carried out by capturing the three settlers in Hebron."
     
    Al-Qassam Brigades is Hamas' military wing.  Until Arouri's comments Friday, Hamas had not said directly that it staged the kidnapping and killing of the three young Israelis.

    In Israel, government spokesman Mark Regev said the Hamas leader has shown his group has "no qualms whatsoever about targeting innocent civilians."

    In fighting Friday, Palestinian officials say Israeli airstrikes Friday killed at least four Palestinians and wounded at least 40 others.  

    Israeli officials say a 4-year-old boy was killed after a mortar hit near a kindergarten in southern Israel. They say he is the first Israeli child to die from the violence that started July 8.

    An Israeli defense spokesman, Peter Lerner, said the mortar in that attack was fired from a site next to a Hamas-run shelter for displaced people. The Israeli military had earlier said the site was next to a U.N. school and said it had sent a protest to the U.N. refugee agency, UNRWA.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed Hamas will "pay a heavy price" for the attack on the Israeli child. The U.S. ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro condemned what he called the "outrageous terrorist attack" in strongest terms.

    In another development Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal held a second day of talks in Qatar to "follow up" on Thursday's three-hour meeting. Qatar's emir Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad al-Thani hosted the discussion.

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    by: Marisa Smithers from: Sri Lanka
    August 23, 2014 7:52 PM
    It's been an interesting 2 days in Gaza. First Hamas admits that some Hamas members executed those 3 teenage Israeli boys and then they executed 18 "suspected collaborators", which sounds and looks like at the speed they killed them, that it was without any trial or due process. Guess they are showing the world their true colors. Where is the world outrage? Also, like the soundbite...we would only aim at Israel's military if we had rockets that were more accurate..really?

    by: Johan
    August 23, 2014 5:56 AM
    Hamas has clearly demonstrated that it akin to Islamic State terrorists and resorting to indiscriminate killings in public, are merely "disciplinary killings" to enforce coercion of the populace in Gaza. As such Israel cannot afford to negotiate with this terrorist organization now or in the future as it shall endanger the State of Israel.

    by: Not Again from: Canada
    August 22, 2014 9:07 PM
    The World needs to wake up, Hamas is executing disenters in Gaza; the executions are carried out summarily, no trials, no legal representation, no real proof. Hamas acuses any oponents of collaborating with Israel, when in fact most of them have been condemed because they have voiced opposition to Hamas' practices of forcing civilians to stay near areas from which they are firing different types of projectiles, the whole point is to attract Israeli counter-fire and get civilians killed.
    It is sad to see that the UN and other organizations are just looking the other way on these summary executions carried out in the presence of civilians including women and children; the purpose of them is to terrorize the population into compliance. Any one that complained to the media, in Gaza, is in big trouble.
    These type of summary killings have been observed all over the World by different type of terrorists, be it the IRA, or ISIS, or Boko Haram, Hezbollah, Al-Qaida, Taliban, etc...
    The UN needs to condem these totally unlawfull killings. The PA needs to condem these crimes against unfortunate Palestinian disenters/opponents/critics of Hamas.
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    by: meanbill from: USA
    August 23, 2014 10:35 AM
    UNDER Islamic Law a Qadi (judge) is selected to mete out justice in accordance with Islamic Law, who's qualifications are, they be free, sane, adult, trustworthy, and a Muslim, and the decisions of the Qadi (judge), is final and irrevocable..... and it's completely legal under Islamic law.... (God's law and Allah's law, handed down and written in the old testament and Koran).

    PS;.. Western countries make laws to benefit lawyers and judges to get rich and powerful, whereas Islamic countries obey the laws handed down from Allah, and delivered to Muhammad, and written in the Koran.

    by: Robert Webb from: Oklahoma City
    August 22, 2014 8:26 PM
    There should be nothing from America but total support for Israel in anything it does to rid the world of Hamas after todays development and admissions by Hamas. God Bless Israel.

    by: Sharp in LA from: Los Angeles
    August 22, 2014 5:25 PM
    Well that's weird since ISIS took responsibility from the very beginning. But then Israel could not justify slaughtering Gazans so it had to be Hamas. ;)

    by: Barry from: Los Angeles
    August 22, 2014 4:41 PM
    Why does HAMAS dress up like ISIS when they slaughter prisoners?
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    by: meanbill from: USA
    August 23, 2014 10:55 AM
    Hey Barry... WHY did the 'hangman" in western countries always wear that hood, and almost always dressed the same?.... does it really matter?

    by: The Nigerian You Know from: Nigeria
    August 22, 2014 3:05 PM
    I believe this will have attracted a standing ovation within the International Union for Muslim Scholars. The best place to make that confession is Turkey, where else? I believe it will elicit the same ovation, or even higher, at the UN now drafting a resolution to ask Israel to pay compensations to Hamas for its rockets lost without hitting Israeli civilians. Wonders shall never end!

    by: wpr from: nj
    August 22, 2014 2:57 PM
    So I guess it is Hamas' fault that a lot of Palestinians were killed.....Real Smart Hamas.......you just lost an undecided vote.....

    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    August 22, 2014 2:51 PM
    Now that Hamas has confessed to the kidnapping and killing of the three Israeli youths that sparked off this campaign, can someone first and foremost give some credit to the Israeli intelligence services that put its fingers on Hamas as the culprit in the kidnap saga? Secondly, all eyes are on the UN what it makes of this heinous act of coldblooded killing of innocent children; is it going to be one of those conditions requiring just a passing of resolutions and comments? In the face of a gruesome kidnapping and murder of James Foley by ISIS suspected to be sister organization to Hamas, will the world organization just end it in condemning Hamas with words and thereafter to gratify it with more resolutions for Israeli concessions to Hamas?

    Of course that will be overtly gratuitous and show how irresponsible and useless the UN may have become. While it is not expected to show any difference from what it has been in the past, all eyes are on the world body to see how it treats this case of gruesome murders in relation to its symmetry in Syria/Iraq. A mishandling of this case will require the dismantling of the UN, for then it will have lost its focus and also its mandate to anchor world peace.

    Israel will not be expected to abide by any resolution of merely condemning Hamas for a return to business as usual. Already it is being muted that Israel will be asked to open Gaza. Question then is, if Hamas can be deadly without international inflow of smuggled weapons, how much hell will be let loose when it is opened to outside world to freely import arms? I will prefer a country that stays outside of the UN to defend itself to one that is roped inside an enclave of elastic hatred called the UN.

    by: JafoIAm from: California
    August 22, 2014 2:46 PM
    Hamas finally takes credit for doing what Israel long ago knew, but many of you, doubted-----Hamas are cold-blooded killers. Be glad you don't live near them, or talk bad about them, because they give you a trial after they kill you, if you happen to be Gazan. If you are a Jew, they just kill you. There will be no peace until not one Hamas remains. When Hamas is gone, there will be peace, unless Iran sends in another group to take its place and keep the war going on Israel, which I suspect is likely to happen. Don't rely on any statistics of deaths out of Gazan ministry---that is Hamas and they lie.
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