Security Chaos

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and/or Security Forces

Field Update

1 June 2008


10 Injured, including 4 Women and 3 Children, in Explosion in Gaza City

Ten members of a family from the Abu Sha’ban clan were injured, including 4 women and 3 children, when an explosive device detonated inside their house. The explosion was caused by the mishandling of the device by a family member. The Centre views this incident as a continuation of the security chaos plaguing the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).

PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 7:15 on Saturday, 31 May, a huge explosion rocked the house of Majed Mohammad Abu Sha’ban (55) in El-Daraj Quarter in Gaza City. The explosion injured 10 members of the family, including 4 women and 3 children. The injured were taken to Shifa Hospital for treatment, where the injuries were listed as moderate to light. The explosion destroyed the house completely and caused serious damages to a number of nearby houses. 

Islam Shehwan, the spokesman for the Interior Ministry, informed PCHR’s fieldworker that the explosion was caused by the mishandling of an explosive device by a family member inside the house.

PCHR is concerned over the continued falling of victims due to the misuse of weapons or storing them in civilian areas. The Centre calls upon the authorities to place adequate restrictions to prevent the recurrence of such tragedies in order to protect civilian lives and property.


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