Security Chaos

Field Update

28 October 2007


Two Young Women and a Child Killed in an Explosion in Khan Yunis

Two young women and a female child were killed and another 3 children and a woman were injured in a mysterious explosion in a house in the town of El-Qarara north of Khan Yunis.

PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 9:50 on Saturday, 27 October 2007, a huge explosion rocked the house belonging to Nawwaf Abd Rabbo Abu Sabt in the town of El-Qarara north of Khan Yunis. The explosion killed 2 young women and a child who were inside the house: Samah Nawwaf Abu Sabt (18), Khitam Yusef El-Sumeiri (18), and Bara’ Taysir El-Sumeiri (3). In addition, 3 children and a woman who were near the house were injured. The explosion took place in the ground floor of the 2-storey house, and resulted in destruction of the house’s northern and western walls as well as extensive destruction inside the house.

Eyewitnesses informed PCHR’s team that the explosion caused significant destruction of the house. In addition, they stated that small metallic pellets, used in the manufacture of rockets and explosive devices, were found.

PCHR is concerned over the continued falling of victims due to the misuse of weapons by Palestinian armed groups and the storage of arms in populated areas. These actions are a continuation of the security chaos plaguing the OPT. The Centre calls upon the PNA to take effective steps to prevent the recurrence of these incidents so as to protect the safety of the civilian population.


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