Field Update

A civilian was killed yesterday in a family dispute during which firearms were used in Khan Yunis. This incident is part of the state of the proliferation of weapons and assault on the rule of law in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt).

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) at approximately 15:20 on Wednesday, 31 August 2016, a dispute erupted between members from ‘Emran and Sha’at families in Sheikh Naser area in Khan Yunis. The dispute developed into using firearms and grenades.  As a result, Abu Zaid Anwar Owaida (21) sustained a grenade shrapnel wound to the chest while accidently being in the scene. Owaida was transported by an ambulance to Nasser Hospital, west of the city, where he was pronounced dead few minutes later. The corpse was then referred to the Forensic Department.

Following the dispute, the police arrived at the scene, arrested a number of suspects and initiated an investigation.

The police spokesperson in Gaza, lieutenant colonel Ayman al-Batniji, said in a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior that a civilian was killed in a family dispute during which firearms were used on Wednesday afternoon, south of the Gaza Strip. Al-Batniji added that the police surrounded the area and contained the situation, pointing that an investigation has been initiated and legal measures are being taken against the shooters.

‘Emran family that is a party to the dispute issued a statement following the incident explaining that what happened was an accidental mistake and the family is ready for all the legal and Sharia measures.

PCHR condemns the killing of Owaida and is concerned over the increasing number of victims due to the use of firearms. Furthermore, PCHR calls upon the competent authorities to take all the necessary measures to put an end to the proliferation of weapons and to maintain the safety and security of civilians.