Hamas Executes Six Suspected Collaborators With Israel, Drag Bodies Through the Streets of Gaza

(AP File Photo)

(TheBlaze/AP) — Witnesses say masked gunmen have publicly executed six “suspected collaborators” with Israel at a busy Gaza City intersection.

The Hamas military wing claimed responsibility.

Witnesses said the six men were pulled out of a van Tuesday, then forced to lie face down on the street and shot dead.

The bodies then laid in a pile as a mob stomped and spit on them.  A sixth body was tied to a motorcycle and dragged through the streets as people screamed, “Spy! Spy!”

CNN’s Anderson Cooper posted this shocking tweet with a photo:

Hamas Executes Six Suspected Collaborators With Israel, Drag Bodies Through the Streets of Gaza

(Photo: Twitter/@andersoncooper)

AFP/Getty Images also has an image of the executed men, as crowds of Palestinians swarm to photograph the bodies and one man stomps on a dead man’s torso:

Hamas Executes Six Suspected Collaborators With Israel, Drag Bodies Through the Streets of Gaza

Palestinian civilians take pictures of bodies of men, allegedly Israeli collaborators, on November 20, 2012 at Nasser street in Gaza City. (Photo: AFP/Getty Images)

And now the news is making the front page of international publications like The Daily Mail:

Hamas Executes Six Suspected Collaborators With Israel, Drag Bodies Through the Streets of Gaza

(Photo: The Daily Mail)

Hamas reportedly posted a sign on an electricity pole after the horrifying execution, naming the six alleged informers as a warning to other Palestinians.

The killings come during a resurgence of violence with Israel, which has now lasted nearly a week.  Gazan officials report more than 112 fatalities, but the number cannot be confirmed at the current time.

Israel relies on a network of local informants to identify its targets, often so that it can isolate terrorists from civilians.

Here is what appears to be video of the aftermath, when one of the bodies was dragged through the street:

​This post has been updated.

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