Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Personnel

Field Update

18 September 2006


2 Children Hurt by Homemade Rocket in Beit Hanoun

Two girls were injured by shrapnel two days ago when a homemade rocket fell near them in the town of Beit Hanoun. The rocket was fired by Palestinian resistance activists. The two girls were on their way to school at the time of the incident.

PCHR's preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 6:45 on Saturday, 16 September 2006, activists from Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, the armed wing of Fatah, fired three homemade rockets at Israeli targets. One of the rockets fell in Zimme Street southeast of Beit Hanoun. The rocket explosion injured two girls on their way to school. The girls are Ola Ahmad Thaher (13) and Asma' Adnan El-Ashqar (15). Both sustained shrapnel injuries all over their bodies. They were taken to Kamal Odwan Hospital for treatment, where their injuries were listed as moderate.

PCHR is concerned over the continued falling of victims due to the misuse of weapons by armed groups and individuals, which is part of the ongoing security chaos plaguing the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The Centre stresses the need to protect civilians and preserve their safety in accordance with International Law. The Centre renews the call to avoid civilian areas during conducting military operations; and to refrain from targeting any civilians regardless of their nationality in accordance with International Law.


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