Hamas arresting 'collaborators' as amnesty ends

12:00 Apr 12 2013 Gaza

GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas is arresting alleged collaborators who did not hand themselves in during a month-long amnesty that expired Thursday, the Interior Ministry in Gaza said Friday.

On March 12, Hamas said it had a list of collaborators but offered a one-month amnesty for informers to give themselves up in return for leniency.

The list has been handed to security forces who will arrest all those who did not surrender "in the coming hours," interior ministry spokesman Ibrahim Salah told Ma'an.

The arrests aim to put an end to collaboration with Israel, Salah said, adding that the campaign had been successful as more informers had turned themselves in than in previous amnesties.

Under Palestinian law, collaboration with Israel is punishable by death.
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