Security Chaos

Field Update

21 April 2008


Explosion near Hotel on Gaza Beach

An explosive device detonated near El-Dira Hotel in Rashid Street west of Gaza City, causing minor damages to the hotel and no injuries.

PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 4:30 on Monday, 21 April, an explosion was heard in western Gaza City on the beach. It was learned that the explosion was the result of the detonation of an explosive device in an open lot of land to the south of E-Dira Hotel. The southern wall of the hotel fence suffered damages, and a few hotel windows were broken. It is noted that the hotel is two stories and a restaurant on an area of 1500 square meters.

The motive or perpetrators behind the explosion are not known. However the Director of Gaza Police, Tawfiq Jaber, stated that the police immediately reached the area and opened an investigation. He pointed to the sensitivity of the area; and that the hotel is a tourist establishment frequented by internationals, journalists, and Gaza residents.

PCHR is concerned over this incident that is a continuation of the security chaos. The Centre calls upon the authorities to investigate the incident and prosecute the perpetrators, if any are discovered by the investigation. The Centre hopes for a public announcement of the investigation results.


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