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A Palestinian Killed and 19 Others Wounded Due to Heavy Fire in the Gaza Strip Celebrating Mursi Winning the Egyptian Presidential Elections

Ref: 69/2012

 

The Palestinian
Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns the opening of heavy gunfire in an
unjustified manner throughout the Gaza Strip yesterday, celebrating the winning
of Dr. Mohammed Mursi, the Freedom and Justice Party candidate,
of the presidential elections in Egypt. 
As a result of the heavy fire, 1 Palestinian was killed and 19 others
were wounded.  It should be noted that
hundreds of thousands of Egyptians celebrated the winning of Dr. Mursi in al-Tahrir
Square, but not a single bullet was fired there.  PCHR calls upon the government in Gaza to
seriously investigate the circumstances of these incidents, to prosecute the
perpetrators and to take necessary measures to ensure protection of civilian
lives and maintain the safety of their property.

 

According to
investigations conducted by PCHR, following the announcement of the Egyptian
presidential elections’ results on Sunday, 24 June 2012, that Dr. Mursi, the candidate
of Freedom and Justice Party, which is affiliated to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood,
won, demonstrators marched throughout the Gaza Strip.  These celebrations included heavy and indiscriminate
firing by armed persons that had joined the demonstrations.  As a result, 1 Palestinian was killed and 19 others
were wounded.

 

In Rafah,
Mohammed Sameer Elayan Qeshta (25) was hit by a bullet in his head while riding
his motorbike near his house in al-Salam neighborhood in the south of
Rafah.  Qeshta was transported by a
civilian vehicle to Abu Yusef al-Najjar Hospital in Rafah, but where he later
died.  In addition, another 5
Palestinians were wounded, including a child and a woman, as a result of the
celebrations.  Their wounds were
described as moderate.

 

In the northern
Gaza Strip, 4 Palestinians were wounded and transported to Martyr Kamal Odwan
Hospital in Beit Lahia.  Their injuries
ranged from light to moderate.  Palestinian
police sources confirmed that these persons were wounded when they were hit by
bullets fired from unknown directions while they stood in front of or on the
roofs of their houses.

 

In Gaza, 10
Palestinians were admitted to Shifa Hospital with bullets wounds as a result of
shots fired from unknown sources.  These individuals
sustained wounds throughout their bodies from bullets while they stood in front
of or on the roofs of their houses.

 

In view of the
above, PCHR:

1. Considers these incidents part of the security chaos prevalent in
the occupied Palestinian territory; and

2. Calls upon the government in Gaza to seriously investigate the
circumstances of these incidents, to prosecute the perpetrators and to take
necessary measures to ensure protection of civilian lives and maintain the safety
of their property. 

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