Amnesty International has issued a report accusing Hamas to a campaign of abduction, torture and wanton executions of Palestinians during last year’s conflict in the Gaza Strip. The report identifies roughly two dozen Palestinians who were shot and killed by Hamas and dozens of others who were arrested and tortured.
Victims of Hamas included political rivals of Hamas, including members of the Fatah party of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, and those accused of cooperating with Israel. The spasm of violence started on August 22nd. One execution was even held outside of a mosque in front of children.
Another account involved Atta Najjar, an ex-Palestinian Authority policeman imprisoned since 2009 and killed by Hamas in August. He brother describes his gruesome end at the hands of Hamas militants: “His arms and legs were broken … his body was as if you’d put it in a bag and smashed it … His body was riddled with about 30 bullets . . . He had slaughter marks around his neck, marks of knives … And from behind the head – there was no brain. Empty … It was difficult for us to carry him … He was heavy, like when you put meat in a bag; no bones. His bones were smashed. They broke him in the prison.”
Some of the torture was carried out at a hospital, according to the Report.