Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update

6 June 2007


7 Palestinians, Including 5 Children, Wounded Due to the Misuse of Weapons in the Gaza Strip

Seven Palestinians, including 5 children, have been wounded in 4 separate incidents related to the misuse of weapons in the Gaza Strip.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR:

At approximately 06:30 on Wednesday, 6 June 2007, Ahmed Majed al-Habeel, 26, and Ra’ed Sami al-‘Azzami, 28, from al-Shati refugee camp west of Gaza City, were admitted into Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. The two were wounded by shrapnel when a mysterious object they mishandled exploded.

At approximately 08:30 also on Wednesday, Mohammed Murad Hmaid, 11, from al-‘Atatra area in Beit Lahia town in the northern Gaza Strip, was lightly wounded by shrapnel to the right hand and foot, when he mishandled a home-made hand grenade. 

At approximately 09:00 also on Wednesday, 3 children were wounded by shrapnel throughout the body when a home-made hand grenade they mishandled exploded in al-Sikka area in Khan Yunis:

1)      Sameer Hamdi al-Masri, 15;

2)      Rafe’ Rashad al-Masri, 16; and

3)      Rawad Mohammed al-Masri, 12.

At approximately 18:00 on Tuesday, 5 June 2007, Wissam ‘Abdul Karim ‘Oukal, 10, was wounded by shrapnel to the right hand when he mishandled fireworks near his house in Jabalya town in the northern Gaza Strip.

PCHR is gravely concerned over increasing casualties resulting from the misuse of weapons. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority to take precautionary measures to ensure the non-recurrence of such incidents.


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