In the past three days,
6 Palestinians, including 4 children, were injured as a result of
the continuation of the misuse of weapons. The wounds of 3 children
were described as serious. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR)
remains deeply concerned over the re-occurrence of such incidents
that are part of the state of security chaos and misuse of weapons
plaguing the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).
investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 16:15 on Monday,
22 December, 2008, 3-year-old Myassar Mousa Wahdan, was injured in
the abdomen and chest and her 5-year-old brother, Mohammed, was
injured in the head by shrapnel from a locally produced rocket that
was fired by members of the Palestinian resistance. The rocket fell
on agricultural land near Beit Hanoun Agriculture College in the
north to Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip. The two
children were immediately transferred to Beit Hanoun Hospital for
treatment. Medical sources described the wounds of Myassar as
serious and reported that she was admitted into the intensive care
unit. The wounds of Mohammed were described as moderate.
In another incident, at
approximately 17:30 on Sunday, 21 December, 2008, Hanan Sohwail, 32,
was lightly wounded by shrapnel to the right hand when a locally
produced rocket exploded near her house in al-Zaytoun quarter in the
west of Beit Hanoun Town. She was immediately taken to Beit Hanoon
Hospital for treatment.
At approximately 14:40
on Saturday, 20 December, 2008, a locally produced rocket fired by
members of the Palestinian resistance fell near a group of children
who were playing in a bystreet to the east of the industrial zone,
west to Beit Hanoon town. Shrapnel from the rocket wounded two
children. The two children were taken to Beit Hanoun Hospital for
treatment and then transferred to the intensive care unit at Shifa
Hospital in Gaza City, since their wounds were serious. The two
children were identified as Sari Mana’a al-Sama’ana, 9, and Safi 'Eid
Also on Saturday, 20
December, 2008, at approximately 00:30, gunmen on a motorcycle fired
at Nayef Nasser al-Mahmoum, 20, while standing near his house in al-Tannour
neighborhood in Rafah town in the southern Gaza Strip. Al-Mahmout
was wounded by a bullet to the left arm. He was taken to Martyr
Mohammed Yousef al-Najjar Hospital for treatment.
PCHR is gravely concerned over increasing
casualties resulting from the misuse of weapons,
which is part of the state of security chaos prevailing in the OPT.
PCHR calls upon concerned authorities to investigate these attacks
and bring the perpetrators to justice. PCHR calls also upon
Palestinian resistance groups to be far away from civilian populated
area when conducting military actions.