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Sunday, June 15, 2008
PCHR Concerned Over Casualties Caused by Continuing Internal Explosions: 8 Palestinians, Including a Child, Killed and More than 40 Injured After Explosion in Beit Lahia

PCHR
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Press Release

Ref: 54/2008
Date: 15 June 2008
Time: 09:30 GMT

Stop This Tragedy!
PCHR Concerned Over Casualties Caused by Continuing Internal Explosions: 8
Palestinians, Including a Child, Killed and More than 40 Injured After
Explosion in Beit Lahia

PCHR is deeply concerned about the recurrence of internal explosions as a
result of weapons being manufactured, and stored, in areas populated by
civilians. These actions are threatening the lives and property of
Palestinian civilians. PCHR calls upon Palestinian resistance groups to take
immediate measures to ensure the non-recurrence of such explosions. The most
recent explosion, in Beit Lahia on June 12, killed eight Palestinians,
including an infant, and injured at least forty others.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR and eye-witness testimonies,
at approximately 13:30 on Thursday, 12 June, a huge explosion occurred in a
400-square-meter house belonging to 'Abdul 'Azim Khaled Hammouda in the
centre of Beit Lahia town, in the northern Gaza Strip. The house was
completely destroyed and dozens of neighboring houses were also damaged,
five of them seriously. Ambulances and civil defense crews rushed to the
area, and removed victims' bodies from beneath the ruins of the destroyed
house, and neighbouring houses. The victims included 4-month-old Nour Majdi
Hammouda, who was killed whilst inside her family home, and 16-year-old
Mahmoud 'Ataya Hammouda, who was killed whilst walking near the site of the
explosion.

The 'Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) stated in a press
release issued on 13 June, that 6 of its members were killed "while they
were in the final stage of preparation for a special Jihad mission." Those
members have been identified as:

1) Ashraf Na'im Mushtaha, 32;
2) Hassan Mohammed Abu Shaqfa, 28;
3) Majid 'Aadel Hammouda, 28;
4) Mohammed Sabri Abu Naja, 25;
5) Mohammed Hamdan Miqdad, 22;
6) Ahmed Muneer Subaih, 20.

In light of the above, PCHR:

1) Warns of the dangers caused by continued manufacturing or storage
of explosive devices by Palestinian resistance groups in civilian-populated
areas, which threaten the lives of Palestinian civilians and violate
international humanitarian law.
2) Calls upon Palestinian resistance groups to take effective steps to
ensure the non-recurrence of such incidents.

Public Document
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For more information please call PCHR office in Gaza, Gaza Strip, on +972 8
2824776 - 2825893
PCHR, 29 Omer El Mukhtar St., El Remal, PO Box 1328 Gaza, Gaza Strip.
E-mail: pchr@pchrgaza.org, Webpage http://www.pchrgaza.org
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