Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update

6 Marc 2008130


An Old Woman Killed Mistakenly by the Police in Gaza

At approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 5 March 2008, Safiya Mahmoud Mahdi, 75, from al-Shati refugee camp west of Gaza City, was seriously wounded by a gunshot to the abdomen when she was in front of a boutique in the camp. She died before arrival at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. According to eyewitnesses, the woman was hit by a bullet unleashed by mistake from the gun of one of the police officer guarding the house of the dismissed Palestinian prime minister, when she was approximately 50 meters away.

According to sources of the police, the woman was shot by mistake and the police officer was taken to Gaza Central Prison in order for legal action to be taken against him.    

PCHR is gravely concerned over increasing casualties resulting from the misuse of weapons. PCHR calls upon concerned authorities to take effective steps to ensure their non-recurrence.


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