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Hamas Executes Three, Including Israeli 'Collaborator'

The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has executed a Palestinian convicted of collaborating with Israel and two others deemed complicit in murder.

The Palestinian Authority's Interior Ministry said in a statement that the three were hanged in Gaza City.

The statement did not reveal any information on their identities.

The statement said the families of the victims could have saved the condemned men by forgiving them at the last minute, but they all refused.

The incident was the first time his year that Hamas has carried out an execution of a Palestinian accused of "collaborating" with the Israelis.

Observers say Israeli security forces routinely use Palestinian informants to thwart militant attacks and assist in the assassination of top militants.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AFP