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Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Extra-judicial "Honor" Killing

Field Update

15 August 2006


Two Young Women Killed in Nuseirat Refugee Camp in "Honor Killings"

At approximately 19:30 on Sunday, 13 August 2006, the Palestinian Police in Deir El-Balah detained a Palestinian who confessed to killing his two sisters in an alleged "Honor Killing." The victims are Fatheya Kamel Kullab (27) and Amani Kamel Kullab (21). They were living in Jabalia refugee camp.

Palestinian police found the bodies of the two young women at approximately 02:00 on Thursday, 9 August 2006, in the Sawarha area, west of Nuseirat refugee camp in the center of the Gaza Strip. The bodies were taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, and then to the forensic medicine department in Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. Sources at Shifa Hospital indicated that both were killed by gunshots. Each one was shot twice in the head. In addition, they were severely beaten and tortured before they were killed.

It is noted that the body of an 18-year old young woman was unearthed from a cemetery in Rafah on 30 June 2006. She was killed by relatives in an alleged "Honor Killing."[1]

PCHR strongly condemns these crimes, and stresses that:

-         This crime is a transgression on the rule of law, which is a form of vigilante justice;

-         This crime is a form of extra-judicial assassination, and is a flagrant violation of human rights, especially the right to life and the prohibition against cruel and inhumane treatment; and

-         The Palestinian National Authority is required to take the necessary steps to confront this phenomenon by pursuing the perpetrators of these killings, and bringing them to justice.



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[1] For more information on this incident, please refer to PCHR's web site: www.pchrgaza.org

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