Hamas fortsetter å likvidere Fatah-medlemmer, kriminelle eller de de tror er mot dem, selv om krisen pågår. Mellom 40 og 80 er likvidert i en campingvogn satt i en forlatt israelsk bosetning. De pårørende får lov å hente liket.
Hamas vil beholde kontrollen, straffe kollaboratører og avskrekke andre fra å samarbeide med israelerne. Men samtidig går man løs på Fatah-folk. Det bedrer neppe samarbeidsklimaet.
Rettssikkerhet er et fremmedord på Gaza. Amira Hass’ kilder sier at noen av de henrettede ikke er kjent som kollaboratører. Mistanke ser ut til å være nok.
Since the operation began on December 27, Hamas operatives have executed several people it classified as collaborators. Members of the group have confirmed the executions took place, and said the victims had admitted giving information to the Shin Bet security service that resulted in the deaths of Palestinians, or had already been sentenced to death by a Palestinian military court but the sentences were delayed for various reasons.
Independent sources said that among the dead were those not known publicly to have been collaborators, as well as others long suspected of cooperation with Israel, or those arrested and later released.
Estimates of the number of suspects executed range from 40 to 80, but amid the prevailing conditions shelling, fear of walking the streets and media blackouts it is virtually impossible to verify the numbers or identities of the dead.
Even in the current conditions, Hamas is continuing to arrest those it suspects of criminal activity or Fatah membership, many of whom were arrested on the eve of the IDF operation and fled detention when the shelling began. No one knows where the detained are being held.
Independent sources and those linked with Fatah say Hamas’ common methods include confiscating cell-phones, beatings, house arrest and firing at a suspect’s legs.
Fatah members say Hamas is following a policy dictated from its leadership and directed against Fatah as a whole.
En talsmann for innenriksdepartementet til Hamas sier at man bare henretter de som åpent viser glede over bombardementet og deler ut sukkertøy i gatene. Det høres ikke særlig plausibelt ut.