PCHR
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

 

Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Using Weapons in Personal and Family Disputes

Field Update

28 March 2006

 

10 Students Injured as a Result of the Explosion of a Home-Made Hand Grenade in Beit Hanoun

On Tuesday morning, 28 March 2006, 10 students were injured when another student threw a home-made hand grenade at them in a quarrel related to a family dispute in Beit Hanoun town in the northern Gaza Strip. 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 09:30, a quarrel erupted inside Hayel ‘Abdul Hamid Secondary School in Beit Hanoun, with relation to a dispute between the families of al-Masri and al-Kafrna in the town.  The quarrel escalated and students used stones in it.  Later, a student threw a home-made grenade at other students, injuring 10 of them:

1.      Mohammed Ayman al-Kafarna, 15, injured by shrapnel to the right ear;

2.      Mohammed Eyad al-Kafarna, 17, injured by shrapnel to the back;

3.      Tayseer Basim al-Kafarna, 17, injured by shrapnel to the right shoulder;

4.      Ahmed ‘Othman al-Kafarna, 15, injured by shrapnel to the right shoulder;

5.      Ahmed ‘Abdul Rahman al-Kafarna, 17, injured by shrapnel to the head;

6.      Mohammed Hatem al-Kafarna, 17, injured by shrapnel to the right hand;

7.      Ahmed Jalal al-Kafrana, 17, injured by shrapnel to the hands;

8.      Ghazi Marwan al-Kafarna, 18, injured bys shrapnel to the chest;

9.      ‘Ali Subhi al-Kafarna, 18, injured by shrapnel throughout the body; and

10.  Ibrahim Hassan al-Masri, injured by shrapnel to the right hand. 

A police officer was also injured in the head by a stone, when the police intervened to stop the quarrel.

It is worth noting that 7 persons were killed and 40 others, including 5 children, were injured during an armed dispute between the families of al-Kafarna and al-Masri in Beit Hanoun in December 2005. 

PCHR is concerned about the continuation of internal violence, including the use of weapons in personal and family disputes, which constitute a continuum of the state of security chaos in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authorities, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate such attacks, and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

 

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