"The death sentences were carried out by the Palestinian security
services after exhausting all remedies," the Hamas Interior Ministry said.
The condemned were linked to the Israeli assassination of Hamas leader
Abdul Aziz Rentisi in 2004. Officials said the father and son, who were
not identified, also helped in the Israeli assassination of Hamas commander
Rifat Zaanin in 2003.
The Hamas regime has acknowledged that it was unable to pay the salaries
of more than 35,000 civil servants. Hamas said the government lacked cash.
"If there's a financial crisis, then the government should say so,"
Hamas legislator Yehya Musa said. "If there isn't a crisis, the
government should quickly pay full salaries to all of its workers."
The sources said Hamas hasn't paid full salaries to civil servants,
including security forces, in at least three months. They cited difficulty
with Hamas donors, including Qatar.