Security Chaos

Field Update

25 November 2007


Security and Weapon Chaos Continues in the Gaza Strip

Over the past 3 days, PCHR has documented three attacks on the rule of law as part of the continuing security chaos in the OPT. The office of the Local Association for Social Services was burned in El-Maghazi refugee camp; an explosive device was detonated near the police station of El-Daraj and El-Tuffah quarters in Gaza City, and 2 civilians were injured by gunfire from unknown sources.

The Centerís preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 3:00 on Saturday, 24 November 2007, unknown assailants set fire to the office of the Local Association for Social Services in El-Maghazi refugee camp in the center of the Gaza Strip. The area residents put out the fire that burned two rooms and caused extensive damage to furniture and equipment. 

At approximately 00:30 on the same day, an explosive device planted by unknown assailants exploded near the police station of of El-Daraj and El-Tuffah quarters in Gaza City, causing damages to the windows of nearby houses. No injuries were reported. And the police announced an investigation into the attack.

At approximately 17:00 on Thursday, 22 November 2007, Khaled Khalil Abed (12) was admitted to Mohammad Yusef El-Najjar Hospital in Rafah suffering from a moderate bullet injury in the right thigh. Ibrahim Ismail El-Qadi (43) was admitted to the same hospital suffering serious injury caused by a bullet to the neck. Both were transferred to the European Hospital in Khan Yunis. Both were injured separately as they were walking in Tal El-Sultan Quarter in Rafah. The source of the shooting was not determined; and the police announced launching an investigation into the incidents.

PCHR is concerned over the continued attacks on the rule of law, and calls upon the PNA, represented by the Attorney-General, to seriously investigate these attacks, to prosecute the perpetrators, and to take necessary action to prevent their recurrence.  



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