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Ref: 72/2011

 

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is gravely concerned
over the recurrence of incidents relating to violations of the right to life in
the past two weeks due to the misuse of weapons and assaults on the rule of law
in the Gaza Strip. PCHR calls upon the
government in Gaza to take necessary measures to ensure the non-recurrence of
such incidents.
 

 

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately
09:15 on Sunday, 24 July 2011, the corpse of Fatima Ahmed al-Musaddar, 18, from
al-Musaddar village in the central Gaza Strip, was brought to al-Aqsa Martyrs
Hospital in Deir al-Balah. The victim
was hit by a bullet to the neck. Her
corpse was transferred to the forensic medicine department at Shifa Hospital in
Gaza City. Al-Musaddar was mistakenly
hit by a bullet when her brother fired in celebration of her distinguished
success of the General Certificate of Education (Tawjihi) with 95.2%. The police arrived at the scene, opened an
investigation and confiscated a Kalashnikov rifle. 

 

On 14 June 2011, the corpse of 3-year-old Einas Mohammed Daifallah,
from the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, was brought to Shifa Hospital
in Gaza City. She was hit by two bullets
to the heart and the left shoulder. According to her family, she was hit by the two bullets when she and her
4-year-old brother were playing with the weapon of their father, who is a
police officer. 

 

In another incident on the same day, 11 civilians, including 4
children, were injured when a person threw a hand grenade during a family
quarrel among members of the al-Aklouk family, who live in al-Sabra
neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. The injured civilians were evacuated to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, and
the injury of one of them, 16-year-old Abdul Rahman Emad al-Ghalayini, was
described by medical sources as serious since he was hit by shrapnel to the
chest and the feet. The police arrived
at the scene of the quarrel, opened an investigation and arrested two
persons. 

 

PCHR is concerned over the recurrence of incidents relating to
violations of the right to life due to the misuse of weapons and assaults on
the rule of law, and calls upon the government in Gaza to take necessary
measures to ensure their non-recurrence.