Security Chaos and Misuse of Weapons

Field Update

18 August 2008


One of the Nativity Church Deportees Kidnapped and Beaten in Gaza

On Saturday, 16 August 2008, unknown gunmen kidnapped Mazen Zhaher Hussein, 35, a Palestinian who had been deported from the Nativity Church to the Gaza Strip in 2002, in Gaza City. Hussein was taken to an unknown destination and severely beat.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 21:30 on the aforementioned day, Hussein was in a shop of mobile devices in al-Remal neighborhood in Gaza city when a grey jeep stopped near the shop. Three masked gunmen in black clothes stepped down and forcibly led Hussein to the jeep. Hussein stated to PCHR that he was taken to an unknown destination where he was beaten by guns butts, an iron pipe and stones for about 20 minutes. Shortly later, Hussein was left near the Cars Market in the east of Gaza City where one of the locals saw him and called the ambulance. The ambulance arrived 45 minutes later and transported Hussein to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. Hussein sustained fractures to his right arm and leg, injuries to his head and bruises to his legs and back.

PCHR is concerned over such incidents which are part of the state of the security chaos and assaults on the rule of law prevailing in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. PCHR reiterates its call upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney Generalís office, to seriously investigate this crime and bring its perpetrators to justice.  



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