Two children were killed in a suburb of Gaza City on Saturday, 21 March,
whilst playing with a suspicious object. Fourteen year old Mohammed
Hijji and fifteen year old Ahmed Shneiwra were killed instantly when the
object exploded in the al-Zeitoun district east Gaza City.
The boys were killed at approximately 17:30 on Saturday, 21 March, near
their homes in al-Zaytoun. Medical sources at the Forensic Medicine
Department in al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City reported the two boys had
sustained multiple shrapnel injuries and both died instantly.
Palestinian police sources informed PCHR that they had opened an
investigation into the incident, but they have not yet obtained any data
about the suspicious object.
PCHR is gravely concerned about increasing casualties resulting from the
misuse of weapons, and calls upon all relevant authorities to introduce
relevant and appropriate controls to eradicate risks.