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Date:
01 April 2014

 

The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is deeply concerned
over the injuries of 11 civilians, including 7 children, in two separate
incidents in Rafah and Khan Yunis, due to the explosions of two explosive
devices. PCHR calls upon the government in Gaza to take necessary measures to
protect civilians and spare them the dangers arising from explosive and
suspicious objects.

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR and statement of
eyewitnesses, the first incident took place at approximately 16:00 on Sunday,
30 March 2014, when a suspicious object exploded as a child played with it in
the Saudi neighborhood in the southwest of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip. As
a result of the explosion, 6 children sustained various wounds, due to which
they were taken to the European Gaza Hospital in Khan Yunis. Medical sources
described wounds of one of the children as serious. The wounded were identified
as:

1. Amin
Emad Abu Mohsen (10), sustained a serious shrapnel wound to the head;

2. His
two brothers: Ahmed (13); and

3. Mohammed
(14);

4. Mo’men
Wa’el al-Nairab (6);

5. And
his brother Mahmoud (13); and

6. Rajab
Mohammed al-Mghari (11).

 

They all sustained moderate shrapnel wounds throughout their
bodies. One of the wounded said to a PCHR fieldworker that a child had found a
suspicious object near the Japanese park that is adjacent to the Saudi
neighborhood and played with it.

 

The Palestinian police stated to a PCHR fieldworker that they
initiated an investigation and the explosive device was part of remnants of Israeli
air strikes.

 

In a separate incident, approximately 17:00 on Sunday, 30 March
2014, 5 civilians, including a father and his son, were injured due to the
explosion of a shell that was found by a civilian in al-Mawasi area, west of
Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip. The wounded were taken to Nasser Hospital
in the city, where medical sources described their wounds as serious to minor.
The wounded were identified as:

1. Mostafa
Ziad al-Majayda (18), who sustained serious shrapnel wounds throughout his body
and his two legs were amputated;

2. Diya’
Shaheen Shaheen (43), sustained a shrapnel wound to the right leg; and

3. His
son Omar (14), sustained a shrapnel wound to the left hand;

4. Khattab
Omar al-Zaqzouq (22), sustained shrapnel wounds to the right leg and shoulder;
and

5. Haitham
Mahmoud al-Zaqzouq (22), sustained shrapnel wound to the belly.

 

The Palestinian police arrived at the scene and initiated an
investigation to identify the nature of the explosive device.

 

PCHR is deeply concerned over the recurrence of such incidents that
result in having more victims, and:

1. Calls
upon the government in Gaza to seriously investigate these two incidents and
take necessary measures to protect civilians and guarantee non-recurrence of
such incidents; and

2. Demands
civilians to be cautious and avoid dealing with suspicious objects, and to
notify the competent authorities as soon as possible.