Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and/or Security Forces
2 April 2007
3 Palestinians Killed and 32 Injured, including 8 Children, by Misused Weapons
PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 14:30 on Thursday, 29 March 2007, the child Amer Nidal Kullab (6) was killed by the detonation of an explosive device he was playing with inside his house in Khan Yunis refugee camp. The child’s sister, Fatima (5) was injured by shrapnel in the hands; and his brother Ahmad (2) suffered a shrapnel injury in the right thigh. The injuries of the wounded children were listed as moderate in Naser Hospital in Khan Yunis.
At approximately 16:45 on Thursday, Abdel Hai Ali Oksheyya (61) was injured by bullets in the feet. Unknown gunmen fired at him near his house in Tal El-Hawa Quarter in Gaza City.
At approximately 21:00 on Thursday, Maher Yousef El-Maqadma (35, from Sabra Quarter in Gaza City) was admitted to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. He was suffering from shrapnel injuries in the face and extremities as a result of the explosion of a device in a farm east of Gaza City.
At approximately 2:30 on Friday, 30 March 2007, unknown gunmen fired at Medhat Nawwaf Abel Raziq (23) near El-Ghofran Mosque in Nafaq Street in Gaza City. He was injured by several bullets in the feet.
At approximately 13:00 on Friday, Mohammad Wajih Awad (20, from Sheikh Radwan Quarter in Gaza City) was admitted to Shifa Hospital suffering from shrapnel wounds in the face and hands. He was injured when he mishandled a grenade near his house.
At approximately 14:00 on Friday, unknown gunmen traveling in a car fired at the brothers Emad and Eyad Hasan El-Hayek (35 and 38 respectively) near their house in Tuffah Quarter in Gaza City. The shots were fired after a failed abduction attempt targeting Emad. Both were injured by bullets in the feet.
At approximately 15:00, an explosion was heard in a training area for Izzedeen El-Qassam Battalions, the armed wing of Hamas. The explosion occurred as members were training in the area located to the northwest of Khan Yunis. As a result, Kamel Kamal Mousa (22, from El-Maghazi) was killed by shrapnel to the chest and hands. Nine others, all of them from the center of the Gaza Strip were injured by shrapnel. In addition, the child Mohammad Yousef Abu Juwe’id (13) was injured by shrapnel in the face as he was watching the training. The injured were taken to Naser Hospital in Khan Yunis, where their injuries were listed as moderate.
At approximately 15:40 on Friday, three people from Gaza City were injured by the explosion of a device they mishandled in the Rafah Mawasi area. The injured are:
- Jehad Tawfiq Obeid (19);
- Ahmad Na’im Asfour (19); and
- Mahmoud Salim Abu Ras (18).
They were taken to Mohammad Yousef El-Najjar Hospital in Rafah for treatment. From there they were transferred to the European Hospital in Khan Yunis. Their injuries were listed as moderate to serious.
At approximately 17:00 on Friday, Ahmad Jamal Awad (22, from Jabalia refugee camp) was injured by a bullet in the left thigh. The bullet was accidentally fired from a firearm he mishandled while on duty in the Security Forces Compound (Saraya) in Gaza City.
At approximately 18:30 on Friday, Ayman Talal El-Hawajri (17) and Rami Khalil Helayel (32), both from Nuseirat refugee cmap, were admitted to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir El-Balah. El-Hawajri was injured by a bullet in the shoulder; and Helayel was injured by shrapnel in the right hand. They suffered the injuries as a result of shots fired in a Hamas rally in Nuseirat refugee camp.
At approximately 20:30 on Friday, unknown gunmen in a car fired at Adnan Mansour El-Manasra (35) and Ahed Medhat El-Manasra (22), both from Sheja’eya Quarter in Gaza City. The shooting took place in El-Mentar Street in Sheja’eya. Adnan was killed by several bullets and Ahed was injured by a bullet in the right foot.
At approximately 23:00, the child Bashar Izzedeen Shuweideh (4) from Sheja’eya Quarter in Gaza City was injured by a bullet in the chest. The source of the bullet was not known.
At approximately 18:40 on Saturday, 31 March 2007, the child Yousef Salim Abu Ajwa (9) was playing with a firearm in his house in El-Bureij refugee camp. Bullets were accidentally fired and injured the following family members:
- Salma Zeyad Abu Ajwa (7 months), injured by a bullet in the left foot;
- Asma Salem Abu Ajwa (12), injured by a bullet in the right foot;
- Sabrin Salem Abu Ajwa (13), injured by a bullet in the left hand; and
- Haijar Hammad Abu Ajwa (25), injured by a bullet in the left foot.
The injured were taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir El-Balah, where the injuries were listed as moderate.
At approximately 23:45 on Saturday, gunmen in a car fired at Fadel Mahmoud El-Sayyed (20, from El-Bureij refugee camp) after they failed to abduct him near his house. He was moderately injured by a bullet in the right hand, and was taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir El-Balah for treatment.
At approximately 21:00 on Sunday, 1 April 2007, Nabil Yousef Abu Younis (18, from Khan Yunis) was injured by a bullet in the left leg. He works in the Executive Force, and was injured by the accidental firing of a bullet in the Force’s compound west of the city.
PCHR is very concerned over the continued falling of victims by the misuse and mishandling of weapons, which is a continuation of the security chaos plaguing the OPT. The Centre reiterates the call to the PNA, represented by the Attorney-General, to seriously investigate these crimes and prosecute the perpetrators.
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