| GEO World|
| Hamas executes 2 Israeli spies|
| Updated at: 1947 PST, Thursday, April 15, 2010|
GAZA CITY: The head of the military court in Hamas-ruled Gaza says two informers for Israel have been executed.
The executions marked the first time in a decade — and the first time ever under Hamas rule — that the death penalty was carried out in Gaza.
It signaled an escalation in Hamas' ways of maintaining control over Gaza. The Islamic militants seized the territory in 2007.
The head of the military court, Ahmed Atallah, announced the executions in a statement on the Web site of Gaza's Interior Ministry. He identified the two men as convicted collaborators Mohammed Ismail and Nasser Abu Freih.
Atallah did not say how they were executed. An employee at Gaza's main hospital says their bullet-riddled bodies were dropped off there by armed men early Thursday.