Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Forces


Field Update

17 May 2009


Child Killed by Internal Explosion in Khan Yunis

On Saturday morning, 17 May 2009, Ahmed Ali Hamdan, 13, was killed by shrapnel from an explosive device. He had been playing with the device inside his family home, which is located in Block “G” of Khan Yunis refugee camp in the south of the Gaza Strip.


The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights’ (PCHR) investigations indicate that, at approximately 08:15 on Saturday, Hamdan was killed by shrapnel to the upper part of the body. He had been playing with the fuse of a missile when it detonated. His corpse was brought to Nasser Hospital.


Nidal Killab, Public Relations Officer of the Khan Yunis police, told PCHR that the Attorney-General’s office had opened an investigation into the accident. The remains of the missile's fuse are in police custody.        


PCHR is gravely concerned over increasing casualties resulting from the misuse of weapons. PCHR calls upon all relevant bodies to take measures intended to ensure the non-recurrence of such incidents.




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