Hamas Islamists in Gaza executed five Palestinians on Sunday, two of those put to death were on charges of espionage for Israel that dated back to 2009 and 2015, the Interior Ministry confirmed.
Today's executions, by firing squad or hanging, were the first carried out in the Palestinian territories since 2017. Previous executions carried out in Gaza drew heavy criticism from human rights groups around the world.
The ministry said that five men had been executed, three of them had been convicted of murder while another two were convicted spies who had passed information to Israel, resulting in Palestinians being killed. The statement provided no names of those killed.
The statement said: "The execution was carried out after the conclusion of all legal procedures. The rulings had been final, with implementation mandatory, after all of the convicted were accorded full rights to defend themselves."
The law in Palestine states that President Mahmoud Abbas is given the final say on if executions are to be carried out, however, he has no effective rule in Gaza.
Human rights groups claim that since Hamas took control of Gaza in 2007, dozens of Palestinians have been sentenced to death, and so far 27 have been executed.