Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update

11 November 2007


2 Palestinians, Including a Child, Die from Previous Wounds and 4 Others, Including 2 Children Wounded in Armed Clashes in Gaza and Wadi al-Salqa

On Saturday, Mohammed Jawad ‘Ayad, 15, and Ahmed Suleiman Abu Meghassib, 25, died from previous wounds they had sustained in armed clashes in Gaza City and Wadi al-Salqa village. Four other Palestinians were wounded in those clashes.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR:

At approximately 15:30 on Friday, 9 November 2007, armed clashes erupted between militants from Hamas and others from the ‘Ayad clan in al-Shojaeya neighborhood in Gaza City, when members of the clan refused to allow the militants of Hamas to plant bombs near their homes. Five Palestinians, including 3 children, were wounded in those clashes:

1)      Mohammed Jawad ‘Ayad, 15, seriously wounded by a gunshot to the abdomen;

2)      Mohammed Rafeeq ‘Ayad, 16, wounded by a gunshot to the right foot;

3)      Fawzi al-Sharbi, 4, wounded by shrapnel to the feet;

4)      Bahaa’ Mohammed Hamattu, 24, wounded by a gunshot to the left leg; and

5)      Suhail No’man Abu Samra, 31, wounded by a gunshot to the abdomen.

On Saturday evening, medical sources declared that Mohammed Jawad ‘Ayad died from his would.

In another incident, at approximately 02:00 on Saturday, 10 November 2007, Ahmed Suleiman Abu Meghassib, 25, from Wadi al-Salqa village in the central Gaza Strip, died from a wound he had sustained on Wednesday, 7 November 2007. Abu Meghassib was wounded by a gunshot to the back fired by Palestinian militants when he attempted to prevent them from getting close to his house to fire at military posts of Israeli occupation forces.

PCHR is gravely concerned over the increasing number of casualties resulting from the misuse of weapons. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these incidents, to bring those who are found responsible to justice and to take necessary measures to ensure their non-recurrence.


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