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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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Acute Shortage in Coronavirus Testing Kits: PCHR Warns of Repercussions of Medicines and Medical Supplies Shortage on Patients’ Health

Ref: 92/2020 Date: 23 September 2020 Time: 10:00 GMT   The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) follows up with concern the acute shortage of essential drugs and medical supplies in the Gaza Strip, especially the lack of coronavirus (COVID-19) testing kites at the central laboratory of the Palestinian Ministry of Health (MOH).  PCHR fears the collapse of the already fragile and exhausted health sector in Gaza due to the Israeli- imposed closure on the Gaza Strip for the last 14 years. PCHR confirms that the shortage of medicines and medical supplies endangers the lives of thousands of patients and disrupts the provision of medical services for...

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Woman Dies After Police Arrested Her Son for Violating Curfew Rules in Nuseirat Refugee Camp

Ref: 91/2020 Date: 23 September 2020 Time: 06:45 GMT   On Sunday, 20 September 2020, medical sources at Shuhada’ al-Aqsa Hospital in Deir al-Balah announced the death of a woman from Nuseirat refugee camp, Central Gaza Strip, 30 minutes after she arrived to the hospital unconscious; the cause of death was a severe heart attack that she suffered in a police assault on her sons and attempt to arrest one of them. The police arrived at her son’s shop because he had opened his shop after curfew hours (20:00). The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) stresses that compliance with preventive measures is a legal...

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