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Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update

29 April 2007

 

One Palestinian Killed and 9 Others wounded Due to the Misuse of Weapons

In the past two days, one Palestinian has been killed and 9 others, including a child, were wounded in separate incidents related to the misuse of weapons in the Gaza Strip, in the context of the state of security chaos and proliferation of weapons in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) .

According to investigations conducted by PCHR:

At approximately 03:30 on Sunday, 9 April 2007, 4 masked gunmen beat and fired at Majed ‘Ali Tanneera, 43, near his house in Deir al-Balah town in the central Gaza Strip. He was wounded by a gunshot to the left thigh.

At approximately 23:15 on Friday, 27 April 2007, Mohammed Khalil Hamdan, 25, and Zaher Mousa Hamdan, from Beit Hanoun, were wounded by shrapnel throughout the body, when a hand grenade, which the former mishandled, exploded. The two were evacuated to the hospital, but medical efforts to save Mohammed’s life failed.

Earlier on the same day, at approximately 19:00, Mahmoud Tayseer Saleem, 18, from al-Shojaeya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, was admitted into Shifa’ Hospital as he was wounded by shrapnel throughout the body. He was wounded in al-Nasser neighborhood in Gaza City, when a mysterious object he mishandled exploded.

At approximately 14:30 on the same day, 7-year-old Ahmed Ziad al-Haitham was wounded by a gunshot to the head coming from an unknown source, when he was near his home in al-Nasser neighborhood in the north of Gaza City.   

At approximately 22:20 on Thursday, ‘Emad Fayez al-Daoudi, 33, a police officer, was admitted into Shifa Hospital in Gaza City as he was wounded by a gunshot to the face. According to police sources, he was wounded when a bullet was unintentionally unleashed from his colleague’s gun, when the were on duty guarding the house of the Minister of Interior in al-Jalaa’ Street in the center of Gaza City.

At approximately 20:00 also on Thursday, Ahmed Ussama al-Li, 20, was admitted into Shifa Hospital in Gaza City as he was wounded by shrapnel to the face and the hands, when a mysterious object he mishandled near his house in al-Sabra neighborhood in the center of Gaza City exploded.

At approximately 15:30 on the same day, Yousef Mohammed ‘Aashour, 18, was wounded by shrapnel throughout the body, when a mysterious object he mishandled exploded in al-Tauffah neighborhood in the east of Gaza City.

At approximately 15:00 on the same day, Ahmed Mohammed Hijju, 18, and his brother ‘Abdul Wahab, 28, from Deir al-Balah, were admitted into al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah town, as each of them was wounded by a gunshot to the left foot. According to police sources, the two brothers were shot by their father, and investigations are still ongoing.

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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