Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons
Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Forces
2 Children Killed and 9 Persons, Including 2 Children, Wounded in Separate Incidents Related to the Misuse of Weapons
In the past 24 hours, two children have been killed, and 9 persons, including two children, have been wounded in separate incidents related to the misuse of weapons throughout the Gaza Strip. These latest incidents are part of the state of the security chaos and proliferation of weapons plaguing the Occupied Palestinian Territory.
According to investigations conducted by PCHR:
At approximately 03:00 on Tuesday morning, 24 April 2007, medical sources at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City declared that Haitham Mohammed Bulbul, 12, from al-Sha’af neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, died from a wound he had sustained on Monday. The child was seriously wounded by a gunshot to the chest at approximately 22:00 on Monday, when he mishandled a gun at home.
Earlier, at approximately 01:30, Ahmed ‘Aayesh Rajab, 26, a member of the Palestinian Military Intelligence from Nusairat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, was admitted into al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, as he was wounded by a gunshot to the right foot. Rajab was wounded, when he unintentionally unleashed a bullet from his pistol while on duty.
At approximately 22:30 on Monday, 23 April 2007, Ibrahim Nabeel Mash’al, 12, from Deir al-Balah town in the central Gaza Strip, was wounded by a gunshot to the left hand, when a number of gunmen opened fire celebrating the wedding of a relative.
Earlier, at approximately 20:40, Mohammed Fat’hi al-Sa’di, 10, from al-Nada housing project in the northern Gaza Strip, was seriously wounded by a gunshot to the chest coming from an unknown source, when he was near a shop in the neighboring al-‘Awda housing project. He was evacuated to the hospital, but medical efforts to save his life failed. It is worth noting that the area witnessed intense shooting coming from an unknown source.
At approximately 20:00 also on Monday, 4 masked gunmen traveling in a civilian car (a white Subaru) fired at Jamal Ibrahim al-Deshet, 54, from Nusairat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, and hi son, 22-year-old Ibrahim, when they were on their agricultural land in al-Zawaida village in the central Gaza Strip. The man was wounded by a gunshot to the right thigh, and his son was wounded by a gunshot to the left foot. According to al-Deshet, the gunmen shot him and his son when they failed to rob his car.
At approximately 19:20 also on Monday, a mysterious explosion occurred inside a house belonging to al-Jammal family in al-Shati refugee camp, west of Gaza City. Two persons were wounded by shrapnel throughout their bodies:
1) Ra’fat Mohammed al-Jammal, 22; and
2) Khaled Khalil Mtair, 21.
At approximately 18:30 also on Monday, Ramez Mo’in Hamada, 18, and Rami Taleb Abu ‘Abdu, 23, were admitted into Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, as the former was wounded by shrapnel to the limbs and the latter was wounded by shrapnel to the face. According to information available to PCHR, the two persons were wounded when a mysterious object they mishandled exploded near their houses in al-Nafaq Street in the east of Gaza City.
At approximately 13:00 also on Monday, Eyad Shadi Abu Jarad, 5, from the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia, was seriously wounded by a gunshot to the head coming from an unknown source, when she was playing near her family home. According to her father, the area did not witness any incidents of shooting, and that his child was wounded by a gunshot coming from an unknown sources.
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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