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:
Mohammed Jawad ‘Ayad, 15, seriously wounded by a gunshot
to the abdomen;
Mohammed Rafeeq ‘Ayad, 16, wounded by a gunshot to the
Fawzi al-Sharbi, 4, wounded by shrapnel to the feet;
Bahaa’ Mohammed Hamattu, 24, wounded by a gunshot to the
left leg; and
Suhail No’man Abu Samra, 31, wounded by a gunshot to the
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.