5 February 1993 (Not distributed)

Letter from Dr. Nasser Al-Kidwa, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the U.N., to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the President of the Security Council: (Killings)

I am instructed by the Executive Committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, which retains the powers and responsibilities of the Provisional Government of Palestine, to bring the following to your immediate attention.

Today, 5 February 1993, the Israeli military opened fire on a car carrying five Palestinians near the Bureij refugee camp in Gaza. Three of the youths riding in the vehicle, Yasser Abu Samhadanah, Mahmoud Abu Sada and Mohammad Al-Ogaili, were instantly killed by the live ammunition that was fired upon them. The fourth youth in the car was seriously wounded and the other was seized and taken by Israeli soldiers. When news about the killings spread, clashes (fighting) broke out in the streets in different districts throughout Gaza between the Israeli military and Palestinian civilians, particularly in the Nuseirat refugee camp. As a result, a fourth Palestinian youth, Khaled Al-Atiwi, 14 years of age, was killed, and more than thirty civilians were critically injured. In the Shabura refugee camp in Rafah, a fifth Palestinian was killed by live ammunition. Since the outbreak of the incident, the clashes have continued and a curfew has been imposed upon the refugee camps in the middle region of the Gaza Strip.

It is obvious that the situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory continues to deteriorate and that Israel, the occupying Power, has not ceased carrying out its repressive measures against the Palestinian people living under occupation. This most recent development, which has occurred at the same time that the Palestinian civilians deported by Israel on 17 December 1992 remain stranded in their camp in Southern Lebanon, is just another indication of the urgency of the situation and the necessity for the United Nations, to provide immediate protection for our people under occupation.