In a November 13, 2007 press release, PCHR condemned Hamas’ violent action against protestors in the Gaza strip. Here are excerpts from the report’s summary:

"PCHR strongly condemns the excessive use of force by the Palestinian police to disperse the participants in the Fatah rally in Gaza City yesterday. The Centre condemns the use of gunfire that resulted in the death of 6 civilians, including a 12-year old boy, and injury of more than 80 others. The Centre calls upon the Palestinian government in Gaza to immediately investigate these attacks, prosecute the perpetrators, and take serious steps to prevent their recurrence.

The Center’s preliminary investigation and eyewitness accounts indicate that tens of thousands of participants from all over the Gaza Strip started to arrive in Qatiba Grounds near Al-Azhar University in Gaza City on the morning of Monday, 12 November 2007. They were arriving to attend the Fatah rally on the 3rd anniversary of the death of the late President Yasser Arafat. The rally was scheduled to start at 13:00 Gaza time."

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