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Hamas sentenced three Palestinians to death

The Hamas ruling party in the Gaza Strip condemned three Palestinians on Sunday sentencing them to the assassination of one of the top commanders of the Islamist organization, an assassination that Israel has orchestrated.

Hamas court of justice announced that the three men confessed that they killed Masen Fukasha, commander of the military wing of the organization, who was shot dead with a bullet in the head and one in the chest in his car on March 24 near his home in Gaza Strip.

Hamas condemned all three – 44, 38 and 38 – for co-operation with Israel, and claimed that one of the three was the assassin and the other two provided information to Israel’s security services about Fukas’ moves. Israeli internal security service Sin Bet, which secretly deals with Palestinian armed forces, has not responded to Reuters’ request to comment on Hamas’s allegations. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, in an interview with the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth shortly after the assassination, had handed her over to Hamas’s internal control squad.

Israel had imprisoned Fukasha in 2003 for planning attacks against Israelis and sentenced him to nine times in a lifetime. 2011 was released as part of an exchange of more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners with a captive Israeli soldier. The Israeli media wrote that after his release and exile in Gaza, Fukhah continued to plan attacks by Palestinian armed men on the occupied West Bank. Hamas has sentenced 109 people to death and has executed more than 20 of them under its judicial system since 2007, when after a short civil war, it took power from Mahmoud Abbas.