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Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups or Security Personnel

Field Update

14 May 2006

 

 

Citizen Killed by Shots Fired from a Mishandled Weapon

An on-duty member of the Popular Militia, who was guarding evacuated settlements in the Khan Yunis area, was killed by shots fired from a mishandled weapon.

PCHR's initial investigation indicates that at 08:20 on Sunday, 14 May 2006, Nidal Fawzi Abu Hadayed (a 21-year-old resident of Khan Yunis) was hit by a bullet to the chest.  The bullet was fired accidentally from a gun which was mishandled.  Abu Hadayed and a cousin of his, also working in the Popular Militia, were on duty and guarding a water well in an evacuated settlement to the northwest of Khan Yunis when the accident occurred.  Abu Hadayed was taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir El-Balah, where he was pronounced dead.  Police are investigating the incident and are detaining the victim's cousin for questioning.

This is the second incident in which a citizen has been killed, as a result of the mishandling of weapons, in the last two weeks.  On Friday, 28 April 2006, Akram Dawoud El-Qerem (a 26-year-old resident of Gaza City) was killed, when an explosive device he was assembling at his house in the Naser Quarter of Gaza City detonated accidentally.

PCHR is gravely concerned over the continued number of deaths and injuries resulting from the misuse of weapons, which 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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