Security Chaos

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and/or Security Personnel

Field Update

3 February 2008


Man and Child Killed and Five others injured in Gaza Strip

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) has documented several serious incidents of security chaos in the Gaza Strip over the past forty eight hours. As a result, a man and a fifteen year old child were killed, and five other Palestinians, including three children, were injured.   

At approximately 9:45 on Friday, 1 February, unknown gunmen shot and killed twenty eight year old Hussein Abu Jarghoun (28) whilst he was standing near his house in the Joret El-Lout district of Khan Yunis. Abu Jarghoun was killed by several bullets. In addition, sixteen year old Wa弾l Nabil Abu Hadayed was injured by a bullet in the right shoulder. The police stated that a member of the Abu Jarghoun clan surrendered, claiming he shot his relative because of an old vendetta.

On Saturday 2 February, at approximately 19:00, the body of Ahmad Eyad Bilal (15) was brought to Shifa Hospital in Gaza city. According to preliminary PCHR investigations, Ahmed Bilal, from Sheikh Radwan district in Gaza city, was killed by a bullet to the chest fired from an unknown source. The victim痴 family informed PCHR that Ahmed was walking with his father in Nafaq St, northeast Gaza city, when a stray bullet hit him in the chest.

In addition to these two deaths, PCHR is investigating five injuries sustained during this forty eight hour period. At approximately 10:00 on Friday, 1 February, fifteen year old Mohammad Akram Salama from Gaza city was injured in the back by a bullet from an unknown source. The incident took place in Nuseirat refugee camp, whilst Mohammad Salama was visiting relatives. He was transferred to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital for treatment. His uncle, Sufian Salama, informed PCHR that a bullet pierced the tin roof of the house and hit the boy, who was inside the house at the time.

At approximately 11:30 on the same day, two children and a teenager from the Abu J値eidan clan in Rafah were injured by shrapnel from unexploded ordinance they were handling in the El-Salam district of Rafah. Mohammad Yunis Abu J値eidan (14), Omar Sa段d Abu J値eidan (10), and Yusef Sa段d Abu J値eidan (18) were transferred to Mohammad Yusef El-Najjar Hospital for treatment, where their injuries were listed as moderate..

At approximately 14:00, also on 1 February, Fathi Mohammad Abu Shawish (50) was admitted to Mohammad Yusef El-Najjar Hospital in Rafah. He had sustained a bullet injury in his left foot. In his statement to the Rafah Police, Abu Shawish stated that he was hit by the bullet from an unknown source whilst standing in front of his house in the Tal El-Sultan district of Rafah.

PCHR is concerned about these continuing deaths and injuries due to widespread misuse of weapons. The Centre reiterates its call for the PNA, represented by the Attorney-General, to seriously investigate these incidents, and to prosecute all perpetrators.



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