|House of Ms. Sohaila Tarazi Fired at and the Administrative Staff of al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza Threatened by Unknown Persons|
|Tuesday, 15 May 2012 00:00|
On 06 May 2012, the house of Ms. Sohaila Tarazi, Director of al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza, was fired at by unknown persons. No casualties were reported. Additionally, the administrative staff of the hospital received threats on their mobile phones. The two incidents are part of the state of security chaos and violations of the rule of the law in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and testimony of Ms. Tarazi, at approximately 21:15 on Sunday, 06 May 2012, her house, which is located in al-Thawra Street in the west of Gaza City, was fired at by unknown persons, but no casualties were reported. The Palestinian police arrived at the place, examined the scene and initiated an investigation.
It should be noted that administrative staff members of the al-Ahli hospital received threats on their mobile phones from an Israeli Orange number. Moreover, Ms. Tarazi received threats from the same number on 05 December 2011. It is also worth noting that the unknown persons threw a homemade bomb at the home of Ms. Tarazi on 18 October 2011. No casualties were reported. Following the attack, Ms. Tarazi received threats on her mobile phone.
The house of Dr. Maher 'Ayyad, Medical Director of al-Ahli Hospital, which is located in al-Remal neighborhood in Gaza City was also attacked on 25 February 2011. As a result of the attack, his brother's car, which was parked in front of the house, was damaged. Then no casualties were reported either. In addition, Dr. Ayyad received threats on his mobile phone following the explosion, from the same Israeli number.
In her testimony to PCHR's fieldworker, Ms. Tarazi said that she filed complaints with the Palestinian police concerning the above mentioned incidents in order to bring the perpetrators to justice.
PCHR strongly condemns the attacks against Ms. Tarazi and the administrative staff of al-Ahli Hospital and notes that these incidents are part of the security chaos and violations of the rule of the law plaguing the oPt. PCHR calls upon the Attorney General to open serious investigations into the incidents and to bring the perpetrators before justice.
 For more information on the attack on Dr. Maher Ayyad's home, see PCHR's Field Update on 27 February 2011. (www.pchrgaza.org)