Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Hamas "interior minister": Executions about to resume

The Hamas "interior minister," Fathi Hammad, said in an interview that Hamas plans to start executing people who had been sentenced to death, no matter how much human rights organizations object.

Most Hamas death sentences are for "collaboration."

Hammad also claimed, improbably, that the recent series of bombings against Hamas police and other targets in Gaza were done by "teenagers," and that some of them were simply personal vendettas.

Palestine Today adds that he denied that Hamas arrested anyone who tried to launch rockets at Israel, saying that Hamas prisons are open to inspection and no militants would be found there. Instead, he said that Hamas just confiscates the weapons of those who try to launch rockets.