Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update

16 December 2007



3 Palestinians, Including a Child, and 30 Others Injured in an Explosion in Gaza

On Friday, 14 December 2007, 3 Palestinians, including a child, were killed, and at least 30 others were injured, when hand grenade, which a participant in the funeral procession of a Palestinian who had been killed by Israeli Occupation Forces, exploded.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 11:15 on Friday, a hand grenade carried by a participant in the funeral procession of Nasser al-Massar’ei, a member of Fatah movement who had been killed by IOF on the previous day, exploded. The hand grenade exploded when the funeral was moving in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in the north of Gaza City. As a result of the explosion, 3 Palestinian civilians, including a child, were killed:

1)      Zuhair ‘Aadel ‘Awadh, 17, hit by shrapnel to the chest;

2)      Yousef As’ad Abu Riala, 19, hit by shrapnel to the chest; and

3)      Mo’taz Fat’hi al-Massar’ei, 18, hit by shrapnel to the head.

The spokesman of the Palestinian police stated that investigations led to the person who was carrying the bomb. He was injured in the incident, and the police guard him at the hospital.

PCHR is gravely concerned over increasing casualties resulting from the misuse of weapons and calls for maintaining the peaceful nature of peaceful assemblies. PCHR calls also upon the Palestinian National Authority to take measures that can ensure the non-recurrence of such incidents.


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