“Honor killing” in Gaza
According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 02:00 on Friday, 08 March 2013, the body of the young woman was brought to al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir al-Balah. The body was later transferred to the Forensic Medicine Department in al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.
According to police sources, the Palestinian police opened an investigation into the crime and arrested the victim’s father and two of her brothers on suspicion of murder. The police sources added that one of the victim’s brothers had confessed to strangling his sister with the motive of protecting “family honour”.
PCHR documented the murder of 3 women in “honour killings” in 2012; 2 women were killed in the Gaza Strip and 1 woman was killed in the West Bank.
According to other sources, there were at least 12 “honor killings” in the territories in 2012, not 3.