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PCHR Calls for Investigating Circumstances in Which a Child Was Seriously Wounded by Explosion of Unknown Object in Rafah

Ref: 44/2010 

 

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) calls for
investigating the circumstances in which a child, Mohammed Dehleez, was wounded
due to the explosion of an unknown object in al-Mawasi area in the west of the
southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah. It
further calls upon concerned bodies to take necessary measures to ensure the non-occurrence
of such incidents.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at
approximately 6:00, on Sunday 6 June 2010, an unknown object exploded in a land
that had been used for training by resistance groups in al-Mawasi area in the
west of Rafah. As a result, Mohammed
Fayez Dehleez, 15, was seriously wounded, due to which his legs and right hand
were cut. Dehleez was transported to
Martyr Mohammed Yousef al-Najjar Hospital, and then transported to the European
Gaza Hospital in Khan Yunis as he sustained serious wounds. Mohammed Fayeq Dehleez, the child’s uncle,
stated to PCHR that the child was gathering constructions aggregates together with
his father and relatives in al-Mawasi area, when a heavy explosion occurred in
the area and resulted into wounding the child. The eyewitness added that the explosion left a crater in the ground, whose
diameter was 60-100 cm.

 

The Palestinian police sources stated that they opened an
investigation into the reasons of the explosion occurred in the training area,
at a time when there was no training at all for any resistance group. The police added that the said site had no
clear boundaries and many groups were using it.

 

In light of the above, PCHR calls for opening a serious
investigation into the circumstances in which Mohammed Dehleez was wounded to
identify the reasons and take necessary measures to ensure the non-occurrence
of such incidents.