Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Personnel

Field Update

24 August 2008

 

A Man Killed and a Child Wounded by Aimless Gunshots in Khan Yunis and Rafah

On Thursday, 21 August 2008, a Palestinian was killed in the southern Gaza Strip town of Khan Yunis by an aimless gunshot while gunmen were training in a nearby place. In the same context, on Friday, 22 August 2008, a child was wounded in similar circumstances in Rafah. These incidents are part of the state of security chaos prevailing in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 16:30 on Thursday, 21 August 2008, Ahmed Mousa al-Qedra, 37, from Khan Yunis, was wounded by an aimless gunshot to the chest when he was in front of his shop of vegetables in al-Amal neighborhood in the west of the town. He was hospitalized, but medical efforts to save his life failed. According to eyewitnesses, sounds of shooting were heard in a space area where armed groups were conducting military training to the west of al-Amal neighborhood.

The spokesman of the police, Islam Shahwan, stated to PCHR that the police initiated an investigation into the incident and called upon armed groups to conduct their military training away from populated areas. 

In the same context, at approximately 16:00 on Friday, 22 August 2008, 4-year-old Saleh ‘Alaa’ al-Din al-Mudallal, from Tal al-Sultan neighborhood in the west of Rafah, was seriously wounded by a gunshot to the back from an unknown sources, when he was playing together with other children in a neighbor’s house. According to the child’s father, sounds of shooting were heard in a training site of Palestinian armed groups near the house.

PCHR is gravely concerned over such attacks that have caused casualties among Palestinian civilians, and which are part of the state of security chaos and misuse of weapons prevailing in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. PCHR calls upon authorized bodies to investigate these latest attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice. PCHR further calls upon Palestinian armed groups to conduct their military training away from civilian populated areas to avoid civilian casualties.

 

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