Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Personnel

Field Update

26 August 2008


Child Wounded by Aimless Gunshot

On Monday, 26 August 2008, a Palestinian child was wounded in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah by an aimless gunshot while gunmen were training in a nearby place. This incident is part of the state of security chaos prevailing in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 18:00 on Monday, 26 August 2008, 7-year-old Shadi Sa’id ‘Aashour, from Tal al-Sultan neighborhood in the west of Rafah, was moderately wounded by an aimless gunshot that entered the buttock and settled in the pelvis, when he was playing near his family’s house. According to the child’s father, sounds of shooting were heard in a training site of Palestinian armed groups near the house.

The spokesman of the police, Islam Shahwan, stated to PCHR that the police initiated investigations into most of such incidents and presented recommendations to the Ministry of Interior considering them occasional and unintentional. The Ministry of Interior established a committee to communicate with Palestinian factions to avoid the occurrence of such incidents, Shahwan added.

It is worth noting that 4-year-old Salah ‘Alaa’ al-Din al-Mudallal was wounded in similar circumstances in the same area on Friday, 22 August 2008, and on Thursday, 21 August 2008, Ahmed Mousa al-Qedra, 37, from Khan Yunis, was killed in a similar incident.   

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 this latest attack 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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