Palestinian policemen loyal to Hamas keep guard in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip May 31, 2016. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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Hamas authorities in the Gaza Strip executed three Palestinian men for murder Tuesday, the attorney general said, drawing condemnation from the United Nations.Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs Gaza, no longer recognizes his legitimacy, and Gaza attorney general Ismail Jaber recently announced that the authorities there would carry out the executions without Abbas's backing.The U.N. statement said that the failure to get Abbas' backing for the executions was a breach of Palestinian law.Sari Bashi, Palestine and Israel director at HRW, said Hamas authorities had been under pressure to act because of perceptions of increased crime in Gaza, including a number of grisly murders of civilians.The last public executions in Gaza were during the 2014 war with Israel when a firing squad from Hamas' armed wing shot dead six alleged collaborators with the Israeli government.
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