Militants believed to be from the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigade publicly executed six men accused of collaborating with Israel, as Israel's air force stepped up its aerial bombing campaign in one of the deadliest days of its military campaign in Gaza.
The corpse of a collaborator was tied to the back of a motorcycle and dragged through central Gaza City in front of a convoy of bikes, his pants pulled down and his arms splayed behind him.
Witnesses said six men had earlier been taken onto a main street in the Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood in Gaza City and forced to lay down on the ground, where they were shot to death.
A message reportedly pinned to the bodies read: “Al-Qassam Brigades announces the execution of the traitors” who “contributed to the martyrdom of many fighters by reporting their position… and giving the enemy information about the movement of the fighters.”
Human rights group are still investigating the incidents, and Issam Younis, director of the Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights said he was unable to confirm who caught or killed the men.
I await the press and those who rely on the press for truth in this region to deplore this 'massacre'.