Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Field Update

4 September 2007

 

A Child Wounded and Property Damaged in 3 Explosions in Gaza and Rafah

In the past 3 days, 3 explosions have occurred in Gaza City and Rafah town. Two of these explosions targeted two cars belonging to activists of Hams.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 04:30 on Tuesday, 4 September 2007, an explosive device was detonated in a civilian car (a white Mitsubishi Magnum) belonging to a member of the Executive Force, Talal al-Dahshan, near his house in al-Sabra neighborhood in the south of Gaza City. The car was destroyed and 5 neighboring houses were damaged. Additionally, 2-year-old Bassel Yasser Shuhaiber, was injured in the head.

Earlier on the same day, at approximately 02:10, an explosion occurred at the entrance of an under-construction apartment building belonging to Khaled Hamdan Qeshta near al-‘Awda Square in the center of Rafah. The main door of the building was destroyed and a number of neighboring houses and shops were damaged. The Executive Force came to the area and started an investigation.

At approximately 03:40 on Saturday, 1 September 2007, an explosive device was detonated in a civilian car (a green Fiat Punto) belonging to Firas Tayseer Abu ‘Eida, a member of Hamas, near his house in al-Sabra neighborhood in the south of Gaza City. The car was heavily damaged.

PCHR is gravely concerned over these explosions, which are part of the state of security chaos and proliferation of weapons plaguing the Occupied Palestinian Territory. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney General, to investigate such attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice.

 

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