Security Chaos and Misuse of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Personnel

Field Updates

14 September 2008


A Woman and a Child Killed Due to Misuse of Weapons in the OPT

At the end of last week, a woman from Qabalan village, south of Nablus, and a child from al-Boreij refugee camp in Central Gaza Strip, were killed in incidents related to the misuse of weapons. These latest incidents are part of the state of security chaos plaguing the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR):

At approximately 20:30 on Thursday, 11 September 2008, a number of members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of Fatah movement, read a statement through the loudspeakers of a mosque in Qabalan village. Through the statement, the group requested those who are wanted for the Palestinian justice to surrender to Palestinian security forces. Meanwhile, a number of wanted persons fired into the air to express their rejection to the statement. Soon after, the gunmen of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades also fired into the air. The aimless firing resulted in the instant killing of Muna Hassan 'Abed, 48, who was hit by a gunshot to the head. The body was taken to Qabalan healthcare center and then to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus City. According to eyewitnesses, the woman was hit by the gunshot when she looked from behind her home's walls to explore the matter after she had heard the firing.

In another incident, at approximately 14:30 on Wednesday, 10 September 2008, 11-year-old Hassan Ali al-Shishneya from al-Boreij refugee camp in Central Gaza Strip was killed. The child was hit by a gunshot to the head while he was playing with his father's firearm. The father, who is an police officer, informed PCHR that they, the father and mother, were not at home at the time of the incident and that Hassan was playing at home with his 9-year-old brother, Mustafa. The body was taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah and then to the forensic medicine department at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

PCHR notes with grave concern that casualties continue to be caused by the misuse of weapons. PCHR also calls upon concerned authorities to make efforts to ensure the non-recurrence of such incidents and to provide protection for civilians. 



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