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Press release: Two dead and 15 injured in family dispute in Gaza: Al Mezan deplores the tragic loss of life and calls for effective gun control – Occupied Palestinian Territory

The Al Mezan Center for Human Rights condemns the continued violations of the rule of law in the Gaza Strip, especially those related to family disputes and reprisals. In the latest incident, two people were killed and 15 injured in a fight between two families in Gaza’s northern district.

According to the Al Mezan field investigation, at around 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2022, an argument broke out between members of two families in the al-Qasasib neighborhood of Jabaliya, with the reported use of weapons fire. As a result, Abdelaziz Mohammed Khalil Dardouna, 46, and Yasmin Ahmed Dardouna, 9, were killed and 15 were injured, including five children. Medical sources at Kamal Odwan Hospital described one of the injuries as serious.

Palestinian police confirmed via the Palestinian Interior Ministry website that they had arrested the suspected killer, turned him over to the relevant authorities and confiscated the firearms used in the conflict. Initial police investigations indicate that the killer killed his stepfather due to an argument between the two, with the child killed in the shooting. Legal proceedings are underway.

Al Mezan documentation shows that since the beginning of 2022, 11 people have been killed – including two children and two women – and 27 others have been injured – including seven children and a woman – in incidents related to family disputes and to retaliation.

Al Mezan deplores the continued loss of life in incidents of internal violence in Gaza and reiterates its call on the competent authorities to take serious measures to urgently limit the proliferation of small arms and light weapons. Authorities must uphold the rule of law and prevent parties to a dispute from attempting to circumvent the justice system. A prompt, thorough and credible investigation into the tragic event must also be launched and those responsible must be held accountable through a robust legal process.