Security Chaos and Misuse of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups or Servicemen

Field Update

31 January 2010


PCHR Demands Investigations into the Injury of Two Civilians by Unknown Gunmen in the Gaza Strip

On Saturday, 30 January 2009, Bassam ‘Awni Hamad, from al-Nussairat, was wounded when gunmen fired at him on the grounds of an old clan dispute.  In a separate incident, Khader Shehada Sha’afout, from Gaza city, was wounded on Thursday, 28 January 2010, he was fired at by gunmen on the grounds of a personal quarrel.  These two attacks are part of the state of security chaos and misuse of weapons plaguing the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).

According to investigations conducted by PCHR and according to statements given by the wounded, at approximately 20:00 on Saturday, 30 January 2010, gunmen in a Subaru white car fired at Bassam ‘Awni Hamad, 46, while sitting with his brother Hisham near their house in al-Nussairat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip.  Hamad was wounded by two bullets to the right foot.  He was transferred to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah where medical sources described his wound as moderate.  Hamad stated that the shooting was on the ground of a clan dispute and that the gunmen, who included a police officer, are members of the same family.

In a second incident, at approximately 20:00 on Thursday, 28 January 2010, gunmen fired at Khader Shehada Sha’fout, 30, a taxi driver, while he was near Helles Building in the west of Gaza City.  The shooting was motivated by a personal dispute.  Sha’afout was wounded with three bullets to the feet.  According to statements given by Sha’fout to a PCHR fieldworker, a dispute arose between him and a number of persons after he had transported a person in his taxi.  Members of the naval police who were in the scene intervened in order to terminate the dispute and called the police.  Police officers attempted to terminate the dispute cordially.  Sha’fout added that a motorcycle driven by two gunmen and a white Isuzu D-Max pickup driven by five gunmen arrived at the scene. The gunmen stepped down and started firing into the air.  They then chased Sha’fout. They violently beat him and then fired several bullets to his feet.  Sha’fout stated that a police officer who was in the scene transferred him in his car to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City for medical treatment.

PCHR strongly condemns these two attacks which are part of the state of security chaos and misuse of weapons plaguing the OPT.  PCHR calls upon the Attorney-General's office open serious investigation into these attacks and to bring perpetrators to justice.



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