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Citizen Killed and 5 Others, Including a Child, Wounded, in Family Dispute in Occupied East Jerusalem

Field update   Yesterday, family dispute that broke out in al-Za’ayyem village in occupied East Jerusalem resulted in the killing of a citizen by a stray bullet and the injury of 5 others, including a child, with live bullets during fire exchange. According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 22:00 on Saturday, 26 September 2020, a violent family dispute erupted between Edkidek and Abu Ghaliya families in al-Za’ayyem village in occupied East Jerusalem, which is in Israeli-controlled areas, over the ownership of a plot of land. Machine guns were extensively used for the first time during the...

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In Light of the Developing Dialogue on Palestinian Reconciliation and Ending Division, PCHR Calls Upon the Palestinian Government to Cancel Its Punitive Measures against the Gaza Strip

Ref: 100/2020 Date: 27 September 2020 Time: 10:30 GMT   On Thursday, 24 September 2020, Fatah and Hamas Movements announced, in a joint statement, an agreement to hold general elections in the oPt, pursuant to delegation talks in Turkey. The statement confirmed that they maturated an agreed vision to hold general elections: the legislative, presidential and the Palestinian National Council; starting with the legislative elections within six months. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) welcomed this agreement, and calls upon the Palestinian Authority to fulfill its legal obligations, bear its responsibilities and retract the punitive measures that were imposed on the Gaza Strip in...

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2 Fishermen Killed and Another Injured by Egyptian Naval Forces: PCHR Calls on Egyptian Authorities to Change Open-Fire Regulations on Persons Crossing the Borders and Maintain Proportional Use of Force

 Ref: 99/2020 Date: 26 September 2020 Time: 18:00 GMT   The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) followed up with deep regret the killing of two fishermen and the injury of another after Egyptian naval forces opened fire at them. PCHR calls upon the Egyptian authorities to open an immediate investigation into the incident and announce its results to public. PCHR also calls for changing the rules pertaining to Gaza Strip residents, whether citizens or fishermen who cross the land or sea borders, and not to use excessive force against them. PCHR also calls for a refrain from shooting with the intent to kill, complying...

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PCHR Warns of Escalating Social Violence Phenomenon and Calls on Competent Authorities to Take Measures to End this Phenomenon to Protect Civil Peace

Ref: 98/2020 26 September 2020 Time: 12:30 GMT   On Friday, 25 September 2020, many regions in the Gaza strip witnessed  family disputes in which firearms and cold weapons were used and stones were thrown. As a result, 4 civilians were shot with live bullets, 4 of them sustained critical wounds, and 4 others were injured with sharp tools. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is deeply concerned over the increasing social violence phenomenon lately, including the use of weapons in family and personal disputes, which jeopardize Palestinian civil peace and the rule of law. PCHR also calls upon the competent authorities to take...

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In light of Coronavirus Pandemic, PCHR Expresses Concern at Deterioration of Women’s Conditions in Gaza Strip

Ref: 97/2020 Date: 25 September 2020 Time: 11:00 GMT   As part of its ongoing support for women and children’s right to enhance their access to justice, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) follows up women’s conditions in the Gaza Strip after the Gaza Ministry of Interior declared on Monday, 25 August 2020, lockdown in the Gaza Strip and shutdown of governmental and private organizations to curb the coronavirus outbreak as first cases have been detected outside quarantine facilities. As a result, Sharia courts were closed on 27 August 2020 as well as the Social Affairs Ministry’s al-Aman Shelter for gender-based violence (GBV) victims...

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Money Changer  Killed in Khan Younis, PCHR Deeply Concerned Over Escalating Social Violence Phenomena

Ref: 96/2020 Date: 25 September 2020 Time: 10:45 GMT   On Thursday evening, 24 September 2020, a money changer's corpse was found inside a house in Khan Younis with a live bullet in the head, hours after his family announced his disappearance. The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is deeply concerned over the increasing social violence phenomenon, as violent incidents increased in recent period including crime, family disputes, and misuse of weapons in addition to other forms that jeopardize the right to life, the rule of law, and the Palestinian civil peace. According to PCHR's investigations, at approximately 13:30 on Thursday, 24 September 2020,...

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Weekly Report on Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (17– 23 September 2020)

  Israeli Violations of Human Rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory 17 - 23 September 2020   Palestinian dentist dies of heart attack after an Israeli stun grenade fell next to him near the annexation wall in Jenin; 9 Palestinian civilians wounded in IOF excessive use of force: 8 were wounded in IOF suppression of two peaceful protests in Kafr Qaddum in Qalqilya, and the 9th was wounded in Tulkarm; 3 shootings reported at agricultural lands and 3 others at fishing boats eastern and western Gaza Strip; In 84 IOF incursions into the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem: 68 civilians arrested, including...

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PCHR Demands Immediate Release of Persons Detained for Peace Activities in the Gaza Strip

Ref: 95/2020 Date: 24 September 2020 Time: 07:00 GMT   PCHR expresses its concern over the continues prosecution of three activists before the Military Court in Gaza for holding a discussion with peace activists from different nationalities, including Israeli activists. PCHR reiterated that the practice of bringing civilians before military courts and putting them to trial on the Military Law is a dangerous violation of human rights and the law, especially Article 30 of the Palestinian Basic Law which asserts that “Each Palestinian shall have the right to seek redress in the judicial system,” the civilian courts in this case. As legal representative for the...

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PCHR Demands Investigation into Detainee Death at Bethlehem Police Station

Ref: 94/2020 Date: 23 September 2020 Time: 18:15 GMT   On Tuesday, 22 September 2020, medical sources at Beit Jala Governmental Hospital announced the death of detainee A.A.Q (49) after he was transported to the hospital. Police spokesperson, Colonel Loay Erekat, issued a brief press statement affirming the Public Prosecution and the police are investigating the death of a detainee at the Bethlehem Police Station prison without further details on the incident. PCHR expresses its deep concern over the recurrence of deaths inside Palestinian prisons and detention centers under different circumstances. According to PCHR’s investigations, Palestinian police detained A.A.Q, from Surif village, northwestern of Hebron, who...

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3 Civilians, including 2 Children, Injured with Live Bullets and Five Police Officers with Stones, One Critical, During Family Dispute in Khan Yunis

Ref: 93/2020 Date: 23 September 2020 Time: 18:00 GMT   The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) strongly condemns the violent clashes that broke out yesterday in a family dispute in Khan Yunis, in which firearms were used. As a result, 3 civilians, including 2 children, were shot and injured with live bullets, as well as 5 police officers were hit with stones; one of them sustained critical wounds in his head, after they intervened to resolve the bloody dispute.   PCHR notes with concern the growing phenomenon of firearm use during family and personal disputes, and the blatant violation of the rule of law which...

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