On Monday, 10 February 2020, it was announced that (S.Sh.) (25) was found strangled to death, from al-Nasser neighborhood, west of the Gaza Strip. The police opened an investigation into the case and referred the body to the Forensic Medicine Department at al-Shifa hospital to identify the cause of death.

The Forensic Medicine Department of al-Shifa’ Hospital confirmed that the cause of death is strangulation and pressure on the neck. According to PCHR’s fieldworker, (A. F.) (28), the victim’s husband, was arrested and put under investigation for suspicion of murdering his wife.

This crime is the first of its kind in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) for this year.

PCHR notes with concern the growing phenomenon of Gender-Based Violence (GBV), including murders on different grounds against the Palestinian woman.  PCHR hereby calls upon the competent authorities to provide protection for women and girls.

Accordingly, PCHR calls for the concerned authorities to prosecute the killers and take the necessary legal measures against perpetrators.

PCHR Weekly Report On Israeli Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (30 January – 05 February 2020)