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PCHR Calls Upon the Government in Gaza to Investigate Use of Homemade Projectiles which struck House and Two Factories in Gaza PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 29 March 2011 11:30

Ref: 25/2011

 

Between Thursday 24 March and Tuesday 29 March 2011, a number of projectiles struck a house belonging to Ahmed al-Batsh, a wood factory and a soft drinks factory. Six Palestinians, including an infant, were wounded; one seriously. Heavy material damage was also caused to the property. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) calls upon the government in Gaza to open serious investigations into these incidents and to take all measures necessary to protect civilians and their property.

 

According to an investigation conducted by PCHR, at approximately 02:30 on Tuesday, 29 March 2011, a projectile exploded on a house belonging to Ahmed Kheir al-Batsh, 62, in the al-Salam neighborhood of Jabalia, northern Gaza Strip. Hanin Khalil al-Batsh, 22, sustained shrapnel wounds throughout her body. Her baby Ashour al-Batsh, seven months old, also sustained shrapnel wounds in the back, neck and head. A neighbor, Raed Johar al-Batsh, 35, sustained shrapnel wounds to the head as a result of the glass windows in his house shattering from the blast. The projectile penetrated the window in a room located in the western part of the second floor in the house. It exploded in the northern wall of the room causing a hole. The house was heavily damaged and the glass of the windows in three of the neighboring houses shattered. It should be noted that a site used by members of one of the Palestinian factions is located to the southwest of al-Batsh's house.

 

Earlier, at approximately 01:30 on Saturday, 26 March, a homemade projectile exploded in a soft drinks factory belonging to the Murtaja Company located in the al-Zaytoon neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. A store, covering approximately five dunums, which is used to store plastic materials was also totally destroyed, and several pieces of equipment in the factory were damaged. No casualties were reported.

 

In a third incident that took place at approximately 12:00 on Thursday, 24 March 2011, a homemade projectile exploded in a wood factory owned by Bseiso and Alami Industry and Trade Company in al-Zaytoon neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. Three workers were wounded as a result, one of them seriously. The wounded are: 1. Khaled Mazen Hamada, 25, who sustained serious shrapnel wounds to the head; 2. Adel Ibrahim al-Nemnem, 46, who sustained shrapnel wounds to the head; and 3. Zaher Zuheir Tafesh, 33, who sustained shrapnel wounds in his right hand. The explosion also caused heavy damage to the factory and to a Mercedes car belonging to the factory owner.


 

In view of the above, PCHR:

 

1. Calls upon the government in Gaza to open serious investigations into the circumstances of the three reported incidents and to take measures necessary to protect Palestinians and their property.

2. Notes that members of the Palestinian resistance continue to store explosives or to treat such explosives in locations close to populated areas. This poses a major threat to the lives of the Palestinian civilians and constitutes a violation of both International Human Rights Law and the International Humanitarian Law.

 

 

 

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