Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Honor killing in Gaza

A woman who was murdered yesterday in Gaza was he apparent victim of an "honor killing," according to PCHR:
At approximately 11:50 on Monday, 12 April 2010, the body of Sherin Khamis Zayed (al-‘Attar), 32, was brought to Martyr Kamal ‘Edwan Hospital in Beit Lahia, as she was hit by several bullets to the head and the chest. The chief of police in Beit Lahia town, Sameh al-Sultan, told a PCHR fieldworker that the police opened an investigation into the incident and arrested a number of the victim’s relatives, including her father. The father told the police that five masked gunmen raided his house on Monday morning and pulled his daughter outside the house and fired at her. Data provided by the police indicates that this crime was committed allegedly to “maintain family honor.”
In a related story, PA police announced that they managed to crack a three-year old "family honor" murder, where a man killed his brother for reasons of honor. (That usually means that the victim was gay, or raped.)

Hamas police also arrested two people for the murder of a 65-year old woman last year.