Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and/or Security Forces
6 May 2007
Woman Killed, 9 Injured including 3 Children by Misuse of Weapons
PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 10:10 on Thursday, 3 May 2007, two masked gunmen traveling in a vehicle fired at Raghda Ismail El-Ghilani (23-year old woman) near the Ambulance Headquarters of the Palestinian Red Crescent Society in Khan Yunis. She was killed instantly by a bullet to the head. The Police have opened an investigation into the crime.
At approximately 21:00 on the same day, three people including a child were injured during a wedding ceremony in El-Awda Housing Project in the northern Gaza Strip. The injuries occurred when a gunman lost control of the gun he was firing during the celebration. The injured are:
–Mohammad Kamal El-Khatib (11), injured by a bullet to the chest.
–Abdallah Ismail Abu Eyada (24), injured by a bullet in the back.
–Mohammad Mohammad Romman (25), injured by a bullet to the chest.
They were taken to Kamal Odwan Hospital in Beit Lahia, and were then transferred to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City due to the severity of their injuries.
At approximately 1:30 on Friday, 4 May 2007, Mohammad Maher El-Helou (17) was admitted to Shifa Hospital suffering from shrapnel moderate wounds in the right hands. The injury was caused by the explosion of a suspicious object near his house in Sheja’eya Quarter in Gaza City.
At approximately 13:30 on the same day, the infant Shahed Ismail Khalil (9 months) was injured by a bullet to the head. The source of the bullet was not determined. The infant was injured in her family house in Jabalia refugee camp. She was taken to Kamal Odwan Hospital, and from there to Shifa Hospital due to the severity of her injury.
At approximately 19:20 in the same day, Antar Mohammad Joha (20) who works in the National Security Apparatus was injured by shrapnel in different parts of his body. The injuries were caused by the premature detonation of an explosive device he was handling at his house, in Daraj Quarter in Gaza City. The injuries were listed as moderate.
At approximately 20:00 on the same day, Sa’di Maher Sukkar (20) was admitted to Shifa Hospital suffering from shrapnel injuries in different parts of the bodies. The injuries were caused by the detonation of a suspicious device near his house in Sheja’eya Quarter in Gaza City.
At approximately 22:30 on the same day, Mohammad Shehada Abu Tabaq (38) was injured by a bullet in the neck. The source of the bullet was not known. The incident took place behind the police headquarters in Jabalia refugee camp. Abu Tabaq was taken to Kamal Odwan Hospital for treatment. From there he was transferred to Shifa Hospital due to the severity of his injury.
At approximately 16:30 on Saturday, 5 May 2007, Mohammad Ali Afana (21) was injured by shrapnel throughout his body due to the detonation of a grenade he was handling near his house in Tal El-Za’tar area near Jabalia refugee camp. He was taken to El-Awda Hospital in Jabalia for treatment. He was transferred to Shifa Hospital due to the severity of his injury.
PCHR strongly condemns the continued falling of victims due to the misuse of weapons. The Centre reiterates the call to the PNA, represented by the Attorney-General, to seriously investigate these crimes and prosecute the perpetrators.