By Guy Azriel and Marwah Jbara-tibi, CNNJuly 26, 2011 -- Updated 1507 GMT
Jerusalem (CNN) -- Gaza's ruling Hamas government said Tuesday it executed two Palestinian men for collaborating with Israel.The father and son, ages 58 and 29, were convicted by a Gaza court in 2004 of assisting the enemy and providing information used to assassinate Palestinians.
"The issue of collaborators is highly dangerous in the Palestinian society," Ihab Elghosen, a spokesman for Hamas' Interior Ministry, told CNN. "We must act forcefully because there is a war underneath the surface between us and the Israeli intelligence and we must win it."
Palestinian law requires death sentences to be ratified by the president. Elghosen said the move was authorized by the Hamas government, but officials in Ramallah called the decision "illegal."
Palestinian Deputy Interior Minister Hassan Alawi t
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