On 24 May 2009, a Gaza military court imposed the death penalty on three men for the May 2007 murder of two journalists, Souleyman Al-Ashi and Mohammed Abdu. All three men are members of Fatah.
Ashi and Abdu, who worked for the pro-Hamas newspaper "Palestine", were murdered on 13 May 2007 during fighting between Hamas and Fatah that led to Hamas taking control of the Gaza Strip on 17 June 2007.
The three Fatah members who were sentenced to death are Shadi Khadar Ahmed, Raed Sabri Maqusi and Shadi Abdelkarim Madhun. Ahmed, 30, was arrested on 10 October 2007 and is being held by the Gaza police. Maqusi, 29, was arrested on 13 March 2008 but escaped from the Gaza City prison during an Israeli air strike on 28 December 2008 that was part of Operation Cast Lead. Madhun, 30, has yet to be arrested.