|Man Killed in al-Nussairat Refugee Camp and Two Others Injured in Rafah by Internal Explosions|
|Monday, 05 November 2012 00:00|
On Sunday, 04 November 2012, a Palestinian was killed by an internal explosion in al-Nussairat refugee camp in central Gaza Strip. Two other Palestinians were killed in similar circumstances on Thursday, 01 November 2012. These incidents are part of the phenomenon of proliferation of weapons and assaults on the rule of law prevailing in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).
According to investigations conducted by Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and statements of eyewitnesses, at approximately 18:20 hrs on 04 November 2012 Tawfiq Ahmed Saidam, 50, a smith, was killed when a shrapnel from a bomb explosion hit his chest and abdomen, when he was in a yard near the National Club in al-Nussairat refugee camp. His body was transported to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah, and on Monday morning the body was transferred to the forensic medicine department at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. Police sources stated that they have opened an investigation.
In a separate incident, at approximately 17:00 hrs on Thursday, 01 November 2012, a 24-year-old member of an armed Palestinian organization was admitted to Martyr Abu Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah after being severely injured by shrapnel shells. He was transferred on the same day to the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Yunis due to his serious condition. According to police sources, he was injured as a result of the explosion of a fuse he mishandled inside his house in Canada neighborhood in Rafah.
Earlier on the same day, at approximately 11:40 hrs, Mohammed Yousef al-Gharam, 24, a resident of al-Shouka village in east of Rafah, was injured by shrapnel shells that hit his left hand as a result of an explosion in a tunnel near the Egyptian border, in south of Rafah. The police have opened an investigation and according to them, al-Gharam was injured due to the explosion of a fuse he found inside the tunnel.
PCHR is concerned about the increasing number of victims resulting from internal explosions, which are part of the phenomenon of proliferation of weapons and assaults on the rule of law in the oPt. PCHR calls upon the Attorney General to seriously investigate such incidents and calls upon the Gaza government to take necessary measures to ensure protection of civilians.