GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's Hamas rulers have sentenced three Palestinians to death for allegedly killing a senior commander of the militant group after collaborating with Israel.
Sunday's verdicts are final and can't be appealed according to the rules of the so-called "military field tribunal." The week-long trial was the first to be held since Hamas took over Gaza by force in 2007.
The mysterious killing of Mazen Faqha in March dealt a blow to Hamas, which has prided itself on setting up a security system immune to Israeli intelligence.
Hamas accuses Israel of being behind the killing of Faqha through its network of collaborators. Last week Hamas' Interior Ministry said a manhunt that followed the death resulted in the detention of 45 Israeli collaborators — the largest sweep since Hamas seized power.