Hamas burns drug stash in Gaza, sentences dealers to death

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Posted: May 11, 2017 7:54 AM
Hamas burns drug stash in Gaza, sentences dealers to death

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Gaza's militant Islamic Hamas rulers have burned a large stash of seized narcotics and sentenced two dealers to death as part of their campaign against drugs.

It's the second time Hamas has delivered death sentences for drug dealing since the group seized power in the Gaza Strip in 2007 from the rival Fatah movement.

Hamas' Interior Ministry says some 1,130 bars of hashish and 467,000 pills seized since the beginning of the year were destroyed.

Black plumes of smoke rose after the drugs were set on fire on Thursday.

Islam forbids the consumption of alcohol and illicit drugs.