Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Personnel
18 March 2007
Palestinian Killed and 12 Injured by Misuse of Weapons
PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 16:00 on Thursday, 15 March 2007, Mohammad Salam El-Huweitat (32-years old resident of Nuseirat refugee camp) was admitted to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital suffering from a bullet wound in the left foot. His injury was sustained as a result of gunshot fired during a wedding celebration for one of his relatives.
At approximately 16:50 on the same day, Mousa Sa’ad Sa’ad (52), his son Adel (11), and his grandson Fawzi (6) were admitted to Kamal Odwan Hospital in Beit Lahia. They were injured by shrapnel from an explosive device that detonated when Mousa Sa’ad mishandled it in his shop in Jabalia town. The injuries were listed as moderate.
At approximately 1:00 on Friday, 16 March 2007, unknown gunmen fired at:
- Hussein Zohdi El-Serhi (32) from Deir El-Balah and works in Military Intelligence; and
- Mousa Brak Erjelat (29) from Rafah.
Both were traveling in a white Subaru near the Palestine Technical College, north of Deir El-Balah. El-Serhi was killed by a bullet to the head. Erjelat was injured by several bullets in the extremities. The police opened an investigation into the incident.
At approximately 19:00 on Friday, Yacoub Abed Rabbo Taha El-Kafarna, a 55-years old resident of Beit Hanoun, was injured by shrapnel in the abdomen and feet when a mishandled hand grenade exploded in his house. He was taken to Kamal Odwan Hospital for treatment, where his injures were listed as moderate.
At approximately 22:00 on the same day, Mahmoud Mohammad Shehwan (18-years old from Khan Yunis) was injured by shrapnel in the face and Ibrahim Qasem Shehwan (18) was injured by shrapnel in the right side. They were injured when they mishandled a homemade explosive device. Their injuries were listed as moderate.
At approximately 23:30 on the same day, Faris Shaker Ashour, a 23-years old resident of Khan Yunis, was injured by a bullet in the chest. The bullet was accidentally fired from a rifle he mishandled near his house in Khan Younis. He was taken to Naser Hospital for treatment, and from there transferred to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City due to the severity of the injury.
At approximately 14:10 on Saturday, 17 March 2007, three masked gunmen traveling in a car fired at Samir Abdel Salam El-Sholi (40) who works as an officer in the Preventive Security Apparatus. The incident took place near his house in Beir El-Na’ja area in Beit Lahia. As a result, he was injured by several bullets in the feet. He was transferred to Kamal Odwan Hospital for treatment, and from there to Shifa Hospital due to the severity of the injury.
At approximately 15:30 on the same day unknown gunmen traveling in two vehicles kidnapped the policeman Nader Jaber Kreizem (26) as he was heading to his home near the Ophthalmic Hospital in Gaza City. It is noted that Kreizem is an activist in Naser Salah El-Deen Brigades, the armed wing of the Popular Resistance Committees. Kreizem’s fate remains unknown.
At approximately 20:30 on the same day, Emad Mohammad Shahin (30) was injured by a bullet in the head. The bullet was accidentally fired mishandled by his friend in his house in Zaitoon Quarter in Gaza City. Shahin was taken to Shifa Hospital, where his injury was listed as serious.
At approximately 22:40 on the same day, the child Anas Mohammad Se’da (2) was injured by a bullet in the right thigh, accidentally fired by a relative who mishandled a weapon in the child’s house in Sheja’eya Quarter in Gaza City. The injury was listed as moderate.
At approximately 00:10 on Sunday, 18 March 2007, Mohammad Sa’id El-Dreimli (21) was moderately injured by shrapnel throughout his body. The injuries were sustained when a hand grenade he mishandled exploded near his house in Sheja’eya Quarter in Gaza City. He was taken to Shifa Hospital for treatment.
PCHR is extremely concerned over the continued falling of victims by misuse of weapons, which is a continuation of the security chaos plaguing the OPT. The Centre calls upon the PNA, represented by the Attorney-General, to seriously investigate these attacks, and to prosecute the perpetrators.
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