Ref:68/2012

 

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is deeply concerned about
the killing of Hadeel Haddad, and the wounding of five others, as 5 home-made
rockets have landed on 4 houses and an empty area of land in several parts of
the Gaza Strip in the past few days. 
PCHR calls upon the government in Gaza to seriously investigate these
incidents, and to take necessary measures to ensure the protection of civilian
life and the safety of their property.


According to investigations conducted by PCHR and testimonyfrom
eyewitnesses, at approximately 07:30 on Tuesday, 19 June 2012,Hadeel Ahmed
Sa’eed al-Haddad (1.5) was struck in the head by shrapnelwhile she was standing
in the entrance of the house of her grandfather, Sa’eed Mohammed al-Haddad, in
al-Zaytoun neighborhood, east of Gaza City, when a home-made rocket landed on their
house.  Hadeel was transported to al-Ahli
Hospital in Gaza City to receive necessary medical treatment, but later
transferred to Shifa Hospital due to the seriousness of her injuries.  The efforts made by her doctors failed to
save her life.  In addition, in the same
incident, Hadeel’s cousin,Zaqariya Mohammed Sa’eed al-Haddad (9), was also struck
in the head by shrapnel.  As a result, he
was transported to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, where medical sources have described
his injuries as moderate.


The spokesman of the Palestinian Police, Chief Ra’ed al-Batniji,confirmed
with PCHR’s fieldworker that Hadeeldied as a result of being hit in the head
with shrapnel from a home-made rocket that landed on her grandfather’s
house.  Al-Batniji added that the police had
headed to the scene and initiated investigations.


In BeitHanoun, at approximately 22:35 on Wednesday, 20 June 2012, a
home-made rocket landed on an under-construction house belonging to Mohammed
AkramShabat(24).  As a result, part of a
wall inside the house was destroyed, though no injuries were reported.


In Deir al-Balah, at approximately 08:00 on Wednesday, 20 June
2012, a home-made rocket exploded in the vicinity of land belonging to Abu Khattab
family on Salah al-Deen Street, south of Deir al-Balah.  As a result of the explosion, Yahia Mohammed Abu
Khattab’s(16)left shoulder was wounded by shrapnel, and he was transported by a
PRCS’s ambulance to al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Hospital in Deir al-Balah where he
received necessary medical treatment.  He
only suffered from minor wounds.


In Rafah, at approximately 20:30 on Tuesday, 19 June 2012, a
home-made rocket landed on the house of Suleiman Abed Rabbu Abu Shabab, in
al-Nasser village, southwest of Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip.  As a result, the house sustained damage and
its 15 residents were terrified.  The
Palestinian police said to PCHR’s fieldworker that they immediately moved into
the area, where the Explosives Engineering Unit collected the remnants of the
rocket.


Previously, at approximately 21:50 on Monday, 18 June 2012, a home-made
rocket landed on the house of ‘AzzamYusefHamad on al-Qurman Street, east of
BeitHanoun in the northern Gaza Strip.  As
a result, 3 of Hamad’s children were wounded: Bara’a(12) sustained wounds and
bruises in the left arm and leg; and Jannat and May, (both 3) sustained bruises
throughout their bodies.  Additionally,
the western side of the house, windows and water network were damaged.


In view of the above, PCHR,


1. Calls upon the government in Gaza to open
serious investigations in the above mentioned incidents, and to take necessary
measures to ensure the protection of civilian life and the safety of their
property; and


2. Stresses the needto take the necessary steps to
protect civilian life and security, and to avoid harming them in disputes,
according to international humanitarian law standards.