Hamas gunmen have shot dead at least two dozen men since the end of December last year. In the same period, scores of others have been shot in the legs, subjected to severe beatings which caused multiple fractures and other injuries, or otherwise tortured or ill-treated, according to evidence given to Amnesty International.
Hamas’ deadly campaign took place during and after the Israeli military offensive that killed some 1,300 Palestinians, most of them civilians. The campaign began shortly after the beginning of the three-week Israeli military offensive against the Gaza Strip at the end of December 2008 and continued after a ceasefire took effect on 18 January 2009.
The targets include former detainees accused of “collaborating” with the Israeli army who escaped from Gaza’s central prison when it was bombed by Israeli forces on 28 December 2008. Other targets included former members of the Palestinian Authority (PA) security forces and other activists of the Fatah party.