Palestinian Centre for Human Rights



Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Personnel

Field Update

2 April 2006


2 Palestinians Killed and Another Injured in Further Incidents Involving Misuse of Weapons in the Gaza Strip

Over the past 3 days, two Palestinians were killed and another was injured in accidents resulting from the mishandling of weapons in the central area of the Gaza Strip.

At approximately 2:25 on Saturday, 1 April 2006, the body of Mohammad Fathi Abu Musallam (a 23-year-old resident of Maghazi refugee camp) was taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir El-Balah.  The man had died from a bullet injury to the chest.  According to PCHR's initial investigation, the victim had been with two friends, one of whom mishandled his weapon and fired a bullet accidentally.  The bullet hit Abu Musallam in the chest, killing him instantly.

And on the evening of Friday, 31 March 2006, Shifa Hospital announced the death of Imad Hasan Taha (a 34-year-old resident of Nuseirat refugee camp), as a result of wounds sustained on 19 March 2006.  PCHR's initial investigation at the time of the incident indicated that Taha had been preparing an explosive device at his house, located near Khaled Bin El-Walid School in Nuseirat refugee camp.  The device exploded, causing burns and lacerations all over his body.  Taha was taken to Shifa Hospital for treatment.  Due to the severity of his injuries, he was transferred to Egypt for treatment.

And at approximately 15:30 on Thursday, 30 March 2006, Mohammad Mahmoud El-Hila (a 22-year-old resident of Maghazi refugee camp) was injured by a bullet to the chest.  The bullet was fired from a firearm he and a relative had mishandled.  El-Hila was taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital for treatment, where his condition was described as moderate.

PCHR is very concerned over the continued number of deaths and injuries resulting from the misuse of weapons, which is has become a prominent feature of the ongoing security chaos in the region.  The Centre calls upon the Palestinian National Authority to take preventive measures to prevent such incidents and safeguard the safety of citizens.


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