Gaza family 'executes' member for allegedly collaborating with Israel

Gaza family 'executes' member for allegedly collaborating with Israel
Palestinian Ahmed Said Barhoum was shot dead by his family after being investigated by Hamas on suspicion of giving Israel information that led to the killing of three Gaza-based fighters.
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20 January, 2018
The incident occured in Rafah, soon after Barhoum was handed over by Hamas [Getty]

A family in Gaza "executed" one of its own members Friday for allegedly passing on information to Israel that led to the deaths of three Hamas militants, Palestinian sources said.

Hamas, which rules the territory, held Ahmad Said Barhoum for several months without trial before handing him over to the family, several of whose members belong to the Islamist movement.

Witnesses said Barhoum was shot dead by a family member in an open area of Rafah in southern Gaza shortly after the handover. It was not known which family member pulled the trigger.

The shooting was attended by family members of the three Hamas militants killed in an Israeli air raid in the 2014 Gaza war with Israel.

One of the three killed was Mohammed Barhoum, a cousin of the alleged collaborator. All were militants of Hamas' armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades.

"We carried out the punishment against our son Ahmad Said Barhoum after having been assured without a shadow of a doubt that he was implicated in the assassination" of the militants, the family said in a statement.

Hamas, for its part, welcomed what it called "the execution of this criminal". 

According to the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, Hamas has carried out more than 20 executions and condemned to death over 100 others since it seized control of Gaza in 2007 from rival faction Fatah.

Public executions are also not uncommon in the territory. In May, three alleged collaborators were executed in a public square in Gaza City. Hamas sent out invitations to the execution and live-streamed it on Facebook via channel Gaza Now.

Its execution of Palestinians accused of collaborating with Israel has stirred international condemnation, including from the United Nations. It has frequently been revealed how Israel uses blackmail and torture to coerce Palestinians, including children, to give up information on wanted individuals.