On Sunday, 06 November 2016, a 9-year-old male succumbed to wounds he sustained during a family dispute, in which firearms were used, in the west of Gaza City. This incident is part of the state of 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 16:30 on Friday, 04 November 2016, Abdul Rahman Ra’ed Abu al-Khair (9) sustained a bullet wound to the back during a family dispute, in which firearms were used, as the boy was playing around his family house in al-Shati’ refugee camp, west of Gaza City. The aforementioned boy was transported to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, but he was pronounced dead yesterday afternoon.
PCHR condemns the killing of Abu al-Khair and is concerned over the increasing number of victims due to the use of firearms. Moreover, PCHR calls upon the competent authorities to take the necessary measures to put an end to the proliferation of weapons and to maintain the safety and security of civilians.