On Friday evening, 14 November 2008, unknown
masked persons attacked a wedding party in Khuza'a village, east of
Khan Yunis. They forced the participants to leave the party after
setting fire to stage and breaking chairs. This attack is a part of
the state of security chaos and the proliferation and misuse of
weapons prevailing in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).
According to investigations conducted by PCHR,
at approximately 20:40 on Friday, 14 November 2008, a number of
masked persons stormed the wedding party of Bilal Khalil Abu Rujaila
in Khuza'a village, east of Khan Yunis, and attacked the attendants.
They also broke some chairs. Other masked gunmen wearing the
military uniform set fire to the stage, including audio and
photography sets after attacking members of al-Nawras Folklore Band
that was celebrating the wedding. They also fired into the air and
broke windows of the bridegroom's car, the band's vehicle and a car
belonging to one of the guests.
The bridegroom's father, Khalil 'Atwa Abu
Rujaila, told PCHR that he saw a number of masked persons tying a
bandage on their head that read "Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades." He
made contacts with the police and the Internal Security Service in
Bani Suhaila village to intervene, but they did not come until the
On Saturday, 15 November 2008, the police
arrived at the area and initiated an investigation. Hamad al-Reqeb,
spokesman of Hamas in Khan Yunis, denied any connection between
Hamas and the aforementioned masked persons.
PCHR is gravely concerned over this latest
attacks which is a part f the state of security chaos and
proliferation and misuse of weapons prevailing in the OPT. PCHR
calls upon concerned to search for and bring to justice those who
are responsible this attack.