GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — The Hamas government says it has hanged a man convicted of stabbing to death an acquaintance during a dispute over money, despite protests by human rights groups who say Gaza's legal system is badly tainted.
The Interior Ministry says Hani Abu Aliyan, 28, was executed in a security compound Wednesday in the presence of relatives of the victim, a first for a criminal case in Gaza. A witness says Abu Aliyan wore a hood and uttered a Muslim prayer before being killed by four masked executioners.
According to an Associated Press count, it was the 30th death sentence carried out by Palestinian authorities. Of those, 28 took place in the Gaza Strip, overrun by the Islamic militant Hamas in 2007.
Rights groups have urged Hamas to halt all executions.