Hamas kills 18 suspected informers for Israel

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RAFAH, PALESTINE - 2014/08/21: Palestinians mourn over the death of three senior Hamas leaders namely, Raed al-Attar, Mohammed Abu Shamala, Mohammad Barhoum in the town of Rafah.The Israeli Air Force struck fifteen rockets to the town devastating houses and lots of properties which led to the death of three senior Hamas leaders. (Photo by Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
RAFAH, PALESTINE - 2014/08/21: Palestinians mourn over the death of three senior Hamas leaders namely, Raed al-Attar, Mohammed Abu Shamala, Mohammad Barhoum in the town of Rafah.The Israeli Air Force struck fifteen rockets to the town devastating houses and lots of properties which led to the death of three senior Hamas leaders. (Photo by Ibrahim Khader/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
RAFAH, PALESTINE - 2014/08/21: Palestinians check their destroyed houses in the town of Rafah.The Israeli Air Force fired fifteen rockets to the town that destroyed houses and killed three senior Hamas leaders. (Photo by Ibrahim Khader/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - AUGUST 21: Smoke rises from Gaza City following an Israeli air strike on August 21, 2014. (Photo by Mohammad Othman/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
A picture taken from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza Border on August 21, 2014, shows smoke rising from buildings in the Gaza Strip after a rocket fired from Gaza landed short of its target. As the six-week war between Israel and Hamas raged on, leaving Egyptian mediated truce talks in tatters, warplanes continued to pound Gaza killing three members of the Islamist movement's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades. AFP PHOTO/DAVID BUIMOVITCH (Photo credit should read DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
A picture taken from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza Border on August 21, 2014, shows a light trail made by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip marking the night sky. As the six-week war between Israel and Hamas raged on, leaving Egyptian mediated truce talks in tatters, warplanes continued to pound Gaza killing three members of the Islamist movement's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades. AFP PHOTO/DAVID BUIMOVITCH (Photo credit should read DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke rises over buildings in the north-east of Gaza City after a missile fired from Gaza landed short of its target on August 21, 2014. As the six-week war between Israel and Hamas raged on, leaving Egyptian mediated truce talks in tatters, warplanes continued to pound Gaza killing three members of the Islamist movement's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke trails mark the path of Palestinian missiles fired from the north-east of Gaza City on August 21, 2014. As the sixth week war between Israel and Hamas raged on, leaving Egyptian mediated truce talks in tatters, warplanes continued to pound Gaza killing three members of the Islamist movement's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
Smoke trails mark the path of Palestinian missiles fired from the north-east of Gaza City on August 21, 2014. As the sixth week war between Israel and Hamas raged on, leaving Egyptian mediated truce talks in tatters, warplanes continued to pound Gaza killing three members of the Islamist movement's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades. AFP PHOTO/ROBERTO SCHMIDT (Photo credit should read ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - AUGUST 21: Palestinians gather for the funeral ceremony of Mohammed Abu Shamaleh, Mohammed Barhoum and Raed al-Attar, three senior Hamas commanders who killed by Israeli forces, and protest attacks of Israel to Gaza, in Gaza city, Gaza on 21 August, 2014. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
GAZA CITY, GAZA - AUGUST 21: Palestinians carry the body of Mohammed Abu Shamaleh, Mohammed Barhoum and Raed al-Attar, three senior Hamas commanders who killed by Israeli forces, during the funeral ceremony in Gaza city, Gaza on 21 August, 2014. (Photo by Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
RAFAH, PALESTINE - 2014/08/21: Palestinians check their destroyed houses in the town of Rafah.The Israeli Air Force fired fifteen rockets to the town that destroyed houses and killed three senior Hamas leaders. (Photo by Ibrahim Khader/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
RAFAH, GAZA STRIP, PALESTINE - 2014/08/21: A Local Palestinian woman watch during the funeral of one of three senior Hamas commanders who were killed in an Israeli air strike in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. (Photo by Ahmed Hjazy/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
A picture taken from the Israeli side of the Israel-Gaza Border on August 21, 2014, shows smoke and dust rising from the coastal side of the Gaza strip following an Israeli military strike. As the six-week war between Israel and Hamas raged on, leaving Egyptian mediated truce talks in tatters, warplanes continued to pound Gaza killing three members of the Islamist movement's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades. AFP PHOTO/DAVID BUIMOVITCH (Photo credit should read DAVID BUIMOVITCH/AFP/Getty Images)
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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Gaza gunmen killed 18 alleged spies for Israel on Friday, including seven who were lined up behind a mosque and shot after midday prayers, in response to Israel's deadly airstrikes against top Hamas leaders.

Two of those killed were women, according to the Palestinian Center for Human Rights, which called for an immediate halt to what it said were "extra-judicial executions."

Hamas media portrayed the killings as the beginning of a new crackdown, under the rallying cry of "choking the necks of the collaborators."

The Al Majd website, which is close to the Hamas security services, said suspects would now be dealt with "in the field" rather than in the courts in order to create deterrence.

The Hamas-run Al Rai said the same punishment would soon be imposed on others.

The killings came a day after an Israeli airstrike on a house in southern Gaza killed three senior military leaders of Hamas.

Earlier in the week, another strike killed the wife and two children of Mohammed Deif, who is in charge of the Hamas military wing. Deif's fate remains unclear.

Friday's events began with the shooting of 11 alleged informants at the Gaza City police headquarters in the morning. Of the 11, two were women, the Palestinian rights center said.

Later in the day, seven men were killed outside the city's downtown al-Omari mosque as worshippers were wrapping up noon prayers. Several dozen people were near the mosque at the time, said one of the witnesses, 42-year-old Ayman Sharif.

Sharif said masked gunmen lined up seven people against a wall. A piece of paper was affixed above the head of each of them, with his initials and his alleged crime.

Sharif quoted one of the gunmen as saying the seven "had sold their souls to the enemy for a cheap price" and had caused killing and destruction.

The commander of the group then gave the order to the others to open fire form their automatic rifles. He said the bodies were collected by an ambulance and the gunmen left.

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