GENEVA (AFP) — Amnesty International on Tuesday accused Hamas of waging a campaign to kill or maim scores of Palestinian opponents in the Gaza Strip since the end of December.
The human rights group said in a report that at least two dozen men have been shot dead by gunmen from the Palestinian militia that governs the Gaza Strip since December 27.
"Scores of others have been shot in the legs, knee-capped or inflicted with other injuries intended to cause severe disability, subjected to severe beatings ... or otherwise tortured or ill-treated," it added.
"Hamas forces and militias in the Gaza Strip have engaged in a campaign of abductions, deliberate and unlawful killings, torture and death threats against those they accuse of 'collaborating' with Israel, as well as opponents and critics," the report said.
The victims included members of Palestinian Authority security forces and members of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah party, Amnesty said.
The campaign began shortly after the beginning of the three-week Israeli military offensive in the Gaza Strip on December 27 and continued after the ceasefire on January 18, according to Amnesty.
Thank you, Amnesty International, for stating the obvious, because while it may be obvious to those who have been following this closely, most people have not been following closely. And because you, Amnesty International are a credible voice that whose confirmation of these accusations carries significant weight.
Amnesty International has been under criticism lately for favoring Hamas. Amnesty was one of the organizations that charged Israel with war crimes for the recent war in Gaza>. but Amnesty refused to investigate Hamas war crimes of shelling Israel because the violations are so blatant.
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