Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update

15 June 2008


A Child Killed and a Man Wounded in Incidents of Misuse of Weapons

On Friday, 13 June 2008, a 5-year-old child was killed by a gunshot for an unknown source in Gaza City. In a separate incident, a man was wounded as he mishandled a gun.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR:

At approximately 14:30 on Friday, 13 June 2008, the body of 5-year-old ‘Obaida Sami Habeeb was brought into Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. According to medical sources, he was hit by a gunshot to the forehead. According to the child’s uncle, the child was playing with his cousin on the roof of their house in al-Shoja’eya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, when he was hit by a gunshot coming from an unknown source. At the time when the child was killed, participants in the funeral procession of a man who was killed in an explosion in Beit Lahia town on 12 June 2008 were firing intensively into the air.

In another incident, at approximately 11:00 on Friday, Ussama ‘Aayed al-Batneeji, 40, a police officer from al-Shoja’eya neighborhood, was wounded by a gunshot which penetrated his left hand and hit his right foot, when he mishandled his gun at home.  

PCHR is gravely concerned over increasing casualties resulting from the misuse of weapons. PCHR calls upon concerned to investigate the child’s killing and bring those who are found responsible to justice.



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