Security Chaos and Misuse of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Personnel

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15 October 2008


A Member of the al-Qassam Brigades Killed by Mistake in Gaza

In the early hours of Tuesday, 14 October 2008, a member of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, died of his wounds. The member was mistakenly shot by a bullet to the abdomen when he intervened to resolve a dispute that a friend of his had with others in al-Daraj neighborhood in Gaza City on the previous day evening

According to investigations conducted by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR), at approximately 02:00 On Tuesday, 14 October 2008, medical sources at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City declared that Ahmed Mohammed Suleiman Abu Hassira, 20, died of wounds in the abdomen. Abu Hassira was shot by a bullet unleashed by mistake from his friend's gun when he intervened to settle a dispute to which his friend was a party in al-Daraj neighborhood in Gaza City in On Monday evening, 13 October 2008. Abu Hassira was taken immediately to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City where he underwent a surgery. He died few hours later.

The ‘Izzeddin al-Qassam Brigades issued a statement on 14 October 2008 mourning Abu Hassira as one of its members. 

PCHR notes with grave concern that casualties continue to be caused by the misuse of weapons. PCHR calls upon concerned authorities to make efforts to ensure the non-recurrence of such incidents.



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