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Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Field Update

15 April 2007

 

 

A Cultural Center and an Audio Rental Shop Attacked in Gaza and Rafah

On Sunday morning, 15 April 2007, unknown persons detonated an explosive device in front of the office of the Holy Book Association in Gaza City. On Friday, 13 April 2007, unknown persons also detonated an explosive device near an audio rental shop in Rafah refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR:

At approximately 02:00 on Sunday, 15 April 2007, unknown persons detonated an explosive device at the entrance of the Holy Book Association in the center of Gaza City. The entrance and windows of the building were damaged, but no casualties were reported. According to Rami ‘Ayad, the librarian of the association, the association seeks to serve all segments of the Palestinian society through providing training courses in languages and computer applications, and selling cultural books.

At approximately 05:00 on Friday, 13 April 2007, unknown persons detonated an explosive device near an audio rental shop belonging to Ameer Mustafa al-Kurdi in al-Shaboura area in Rafah refugee camp. The shop, al-Kurdi’s house and a neighboring grocery shop belonging to the family were heavily damaged. Windows of dozens of neighboring houses and shops and the telephone network in the area were also damaged.

PCHR is concerned over the recurrence of such attacks, including attacks on cultural centers, internet cafés and cassette shops. PCHR has documented many of such attacks throughout the Gaza Strip since the beginning of this year. Owners of the targeted property were warned in advance by unknown persons to close their shops or centers.

PCHR strongly condemns such attacks, which are part of the state of security chaos and proliferation of weapons prevailing in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney General, to investigate such attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice.

 

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