Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update

16 April 2008


An Activist of al-Quds Brigades Killed in Mysterious Circumstances

On Wednesday morning, 16 April 2008, Ahmed Mohammed ‘Awadh, 18, an activist of the al-Quds Brigades (the armed wing of Islamic Jiahd), was killed by a gunshot in mysterious circumstances in Rafah.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 01:30 on Wednesday, the body of Ahmed Mohammed ‘Awadh was bought to Martyr Mohammed Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah. The body was transferred to the forensic medicine department at the Ministry of Health. According to medical sources, ‘Awadh was hit by a gunshot to the chest. Circumstances of his death are still unknown.

The al-Quds Brigades issued a statement mourning ‘Awadh, who was killed during a Jihad mission in Rafah, according to the statement. 

PCHR is gravely concerned over the recurrence of such incidents, which are part of the state of security chaos and misuse of weapons prevailing in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. PCHR calls upon concerned authorities to investigate this incident and bring those who are found responsible to justice. PCHR further calls upon Palestinian armed groups to take necessary precautions to ensure the non-recurrence of such incidents.


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