Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Attacks on Officials and Public Institutions

Field Update

3 June 2007



2 Palestinians Killed and 9 Others, Including 2 Women, Wounded Due to the Misuse of Weapons

In the past 3 days, 2 Palestinians were killed and 9 others, including 2 women, were wounded in separate incidents related to the misuse of weapons in various areas in the Gaza Strip.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR:

At approximately 00:30 on Sunday, 3 June 2007, a number of masked gunmen broke into a house belonging to the family of Hani Ghazi Abu Jom’a, 24, an officer of the Palestinian Preventive Security Service, in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in the north of Gaza City and attempted to kidnap him. As he was able to escape, the gunmen opened fire indiscriminately inside the house. Two of Jom’a’s sisters were wounded: Maha, 27, seriously wounded by several gunshots to the abdomen; and Hanaa’, 30, wounded by several gunshots to the left hand and leg.

At approximately 15:30 on Saturday, 2 June 2007, Mousa Khaled al-Mallahi, 22, from al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, was admitted into Shifa Hospital in Gaza City as he was wounded by shrapnel throughout the body when he mishandled a mysterious object near his house.   

Earlier, at approximately 10:00, Mohammed Mustaf al-Bura’ei, 30, and Mohammed ‘Aadel al-Afghani, 27, members of the Military Intelligence Service from al-Boreij refugee camp, were admitted into al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah. The two were each wounded by a gunshot to the abdomen when they were on duty, but the circumstances are not clear.

At approximately 09:10 on the same day, a number of masked gunmen intercepted a civilian car, in which retired Brigadier ‘Abdullah ‘Ataya Abu Samhadana, his daughter and his two bodyguards were traveling, near the building of Palestine Red Crescent Society in Jabalya refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. The gunmen force all those who were in the car out. They kidnapped one of the bodyguards, 35-year-old Majdi al-‘Abed ‘Abed Rabbu, and seized the car. Soon, a number of members of the ‘Abed Rabbu family closed a number of roads and burnt tires in the east of Jabalya refugee camp, in protest to the kidnapping. At approximately 10:30, one of the gunmen fired at the protestors in an attempt to prevent them from gathering near his house. As a result, Mohammed Rabee’ ‘Abed Rabbu, 27, was seriously wounded by 3 gunshots. He was evacuated to a hospital in Beit Lahia, but he died in the evening. At approximately 15:00, the kidnappers released ‘Abed Rabbu in al-Nafaq Street in the east of Gaza City. He was evacuated to al-Quds Hospital as he had been subjected to torture and violent beating.

At approximately 08:45 also on Saturday, a number of masked persons traveling in a civilian car fired at Ra’ed ‘Omar Safi, 37, a police officer, from Beit Lahia, when he was traveling in his car towards his work in Gaza City. The car was heavily damaged, but Safi was not hurt.

At approximately 00:00 also on Saturday, unknown gunmen fired at Mohammed ‘Abdul Mohsen al-Baba, 25, a member of the Palestinian National Security Force, when he was near his house in the western refugee camp in the west of Rafah. He was seriously wounded by a gunshot to the back.

At approximately 09:30 on Friday, 1 June 2007, unknown gunmen traveling in a civilian car fired at Nemer Salem al-Nabahin, 30, from al-Sabra neighborhood in Gaza City, when he was near the building of Gaza Electricity Company in Jamal ‘Abdul Nasser Street in the east of Gaza City. He was killed by a gunshot to the head. A bystander, 45-year-old Naser Harb Abu al-Kas, was wounded by a gunshot to the abdomen. The motive for the attack is not apparent.

At approximately 17:30 on Thursday, 31 May 2007, a number of unknown gunmen fired at Mohammed Rasmi al-Najjar, 30, a taxi driver from Khan Yunis, after they had seized his car in al-Sudaniya area in the west of Beit Lahia. He was wounded by several gunshots to the feet.  

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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