Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update

1 July 2007


2 Palestinians, Including a Woman, Killed and a 3rd One Wounded in Rafah and Gaza Due to the Misuse of Weapons

In the past 3 days, 2 Palestinians, including a woman, were killed and a third one was wounded in separate incidents related the misuse of weapons in Rafah and Gaza City.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR:

At approximately 12:30 on Saturday, 30 June 2007, the body of Samah ‘Abdul Halim al-Hour, 27, was brought to Martyr Mohammed Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah. She was killed by a gunshot to the head. According to information available to PCHR, she was hit by a gunshot unleashed from her husband’s gun, when she held it. Her husband is a member of the Security and Protection Force of the Ministry of Interior. The police have not opened in investigation into the incident, and the Executive Force of the Ministry of Interior stated that it is not clear whether her husband is member of the Security and Protection Force.

At approximately 19:00 also on Saturday, the body of Ahmed al-Sayed Khalil Dughmosh, 28, from Gaza City, was brought to Shifa Hospital. His body was found in Juhor al-Dik village, south of Gaza City. According to medical sources, he was hit by several gunshots throughout the body. Dughmosh had been kidnapped by unknown militants at approximately 17:00 near his house in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood in the southwest of Gaza City.

At approximately 19:00 on Thursday, 28 June 2007, Ibrahim Hasan Abu Jazar, 19, was wounded by a gunshot to the right leg, when members of the families of al-Masri and Abu Taha exchanged fire in the center of Rafah. Abu Jazar is a volunteer who helps the Executive Force organize the traffic.

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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