Palestinian Centre for Human Rights



Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update

8 April 2007



9 Persons, Including 2 Children and a Woman, Wounded Due to the Misuse of Weapons

In the past three days, 9 persons, including two children and a woman, were wounded in Gaza City and the northern Gaza Strip due to the misuse of weapons.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR:

At approximately 14:30 on Saturday, 7 April 2007, ‘Ali Barjas Sa’d, 24, a policeman from al-Shojaeya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, was wounded by a gunshot to the right foot unleashed from his gun when he was on-duty.

At approximately 10:00 also on Saturday, 4 members of the Erhayem family were wounded by gunshots fired by the Palestinian police in al-Nasser neighborhood in the northern of Gaza City, when they were attempting to help a relative accused of committing a murder to escape. A bystander, 25-year-old ‘Alaa’ al-Din Ashraf Abu al-Qumboz, was also wounded by shrapnel to the right hand.

At approximately 18:45 on Friday, 6 April 2007, ‘Omar Sami ‘Abdullah, 16, from Jabalya refugee camp, was wounded by a gunshot to the chest, when he was in a training site belonging to the Popular Resistance Committees near Shiekh Zayed town in the northern Gaza Strip.

At approximately 17:00 also on Friday, ‘Etaf Saleh Bader, 44, from Jabalya town, was wounded by a gunshot to the left hand from an unknown source, when she was inside her houses.

At approximately 19:00 on Thursday, 5 April 2007, Na’im Mustafa al-Bura’ei, 17, from Jabalya refugee camp, was wounded by shrapnel to the right foot, when a home-made hand grenade he was checking exploded.

PCHR is gravely concerned over increasing casualties resulting from the misuse of weapons. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these incidents and bring those who are found responsible to justice.



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