Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons
Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Forces
3 Palestinians Killed and 13 Others Wounded in the Gaza Strip
In the past two days, 3 persons were killed and 13 others were wounded in separate incidents throughout the Gaza Strip, marking an escalation in the state of security chaos and proliferation of weapons in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) .
According to investigations conducted by PCHR:
At approximately 20:30 on Sunday, 22 April 2007, the bodies of two Palestinians were found near al-Baidar Hotel at the beach in Sheikh ‘Ejlin neighborhood in the southwest of Gaza City. A third Palestinian, who was seriously wounded, was also found near the bodies. The victims were evacuated to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. The two deceased Palestinians were identified as: Haitham Kamel Abu ‘Amru, 29; and ‘Alaa’ ‘Abdul Hamid Abu Hussein “Nassar”, 28, both from al-Shojaeya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. They were both hit by gunshots to the head. The third Palestinian, who was seriously wounded by two gunshots to the chest and the abdomen, was identified as Mohammed Sa’di Abu ‘Amru, 28. The three victims are members of the Palestinian National Security Forces. The Palestinian police initiated an investigation into the crime.
Earlier, at approximately 19:30, Nabeel Talab Abu Hassan, 38, a policeman, was admitted into Shifa Hospital in Gaza City as he was wounded by two gunshots to the feet, when he mishandled his gun while on duty.
At approximately 17:00 also on Sunday, 3 masked gunmen stormed a shop of electrical appliances belonging to Hasan Mahmoud Abu Sharekh, 51, from Jabalya refugee camp. The gunmen kidnapped Abu Sharekh. During the attack, the gunmen exchanged fire with members of the Executive Force of the Ministry of Interior who were in the area. Four people, including a member of the Executive Force, were wounded, and the kidnappers were able to leave the area taking Abu Sharekh with them. At approximately 19:00 on the same day, Abu Sharekh’s body was found near Barcelona Park in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood in the south of Gaza City. He was killed by a gunshot to the head.
At approximately 15:30 on the same day, a dispute broke out between the Executive Force and members of the Helles family over a tract of land near the Oculist Hospital in al-Nasser Hospital in the north of Gaza City. At approximately 18:30, the dispute developed into an exchange of fire between the two sides in al-Shojaeya neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. A member of the Executive Force, 18-year-old Mohammed Hjaila, was wounded by a gunshot to the right foot.
At approximately 15:00 also on Sunday, unknown gunmen kidnapped Riad ‘Olayan al-Masri, 48, from the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Hanoun, after they had stormed an office of real estate belonging to him in al-Wihda Street in Gaza City. An hour later, the kidnappers released al-Masri in al-Nafaq Street in the east of Gaza City, but after wounding him with several gunshots to the feet.
At approximately 21:15 on Saturday, 21 April 2007, 4 unknown gunmen traveling in a civilian car fired at ‘Ali Hasan al-Hayek, 40, from Gaza City, Deputy Chairman of the General Union of Palestinian Industries, when he was traveling in his car near Cairo Elementary School in al-Remal neighborhood in the center of Gaza City. Al-Hayek was wounded by a gunshot to the right leg.
Earlier, at approximately 20:00, ‘Arafat Farajallah Farajallah, 31, from Nusairat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, a member of the Executive Force of the Ministry of Interior, was admitted into al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah as he was wounded by a gunshot to the abdomen. Farajallah was wounded when unknown gunmen fired at a site of the Executive Force in al-Maughraqa village, south of Gaza City.
At approximately 16:50 also on Saturday, unknown gunmen traveling in a civilian car fired at Ramzi Fawzi Zwayed, 27, when he was near his house in al-Daraj neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. He was wounded by a gunshot to the right leg.
At approximately 10:30 also on Saturday, Ashraf ‘Eid al-‘Ajrami, 45, a writer from al-Twam area in the northern Gaza Strip, was wounded by shrapnel to the forehead, when a hand grenade was thrown near him while he was attempting to stop an armed dispute between his relatives and members of Hamas and the Executive Force in Jabalya refugee camp. According to information available to PCHR, armed clashes erupted between members of the al-‘Ajrami family on one side and those of Hamas and the Executive Force on the other side in Block 5 in Jabalya refugee camp, as the Executive Force detained a member of the ‘Ajrami family and the family kidnapped a member of Hamas. The clashes continued until 13:00. Ashraf al-‘Ajrami was wounded when he intervened in an attempt to stop the clashes between the two sides. Additionally, Sa’id Ibrahim al-Zinati, 50, a bystander, was wounded by shrapnel to the right foot.
PCHR is gravely concerned over increasing casualties resulting from the misuse of weapons. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these incidents and bring those who are found responsible to justice