approximately 19:00 on Friday, 09 January 2015, unknown persons detonated an
explosive device near the Bank of Palestine’s ATM on Omar al-Mukhtar Street in
the center of Gaza City. The explosion resulted in damaging the ATM, the
observation room and the bank’s glass, but no casualties were reported.
Ayman al-Batniji, Spokesman of the Palestinian Police, stated that unknown
persons planted a medium-sized explosive device and detonated it by remote
control in front of the Bank’s gate (a branch office in the center of Gaza
City). He added that the police headed to the scene and initiated an
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) condemns in the strongest possible
terms the explosion and calls upon the Attorney General and security services
to investigate such attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice. Moreover,
PCHR warns of the risks of the state of security chaos that started to prevail
in the past months, including attacks against houses of Fatah leaders and the
French Cultural Center in Gaza.
reiterates condemning the attack and calls upon the Attorney General and
security services to initiate an impartial and transparent investigation and
bring the perpetrators to justice.