Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update

27 May 2007


2 Palestinians Killed and 12 Others Wounded in Gaza and Tubas

According to investigations conducted by PCHR:

At approximately 07:30 on Sunday, 27 May 2007, the body of Mohammed Jamal ‘Akkila, 32, from al-Remal neighborhood in Gaza City, was found in Be’r al-Na’ja area in Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip. According to sources of the forensic medicine department at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, where the body was transferred to, the victim was killed as a result of torture and violent beating. ‘Akkila was kidnapped by unknown gunmen on Thursday evening, 25 May 2007, from his restaurant in al-Nazzaz Street in al-Shojaeya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. The motive of the murder is not apparent, and the police initiated an investigation.

At approximately 14:30 on Saturday, 26 May 2007, Ra’ed ‘Abdullah ‘Abdul Raziq, 25, from Tubas town southeast of Jenin, was killed and his brother, 22-year-old Mohammed, was seriously wounded, when a hand grenade, which the former was attempting to throw at a patrol of the Palestinian National Security Forces in the center of the town, exploded. The security patrol had besieged the two brothers in an attempt to arrest them as they were wanted for suspicions of committing a murder. Following the incidents, dozens of residents of the town, including gunmen, attacked the headquarters of the Palestinian National Security Forces in the town, and an exchange of fire erupted between the two sides. As a result, 11 Palestinians, including 4 security men, were wounded. 

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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