Three women murdered in possible ‘honor killings’

Wednesday, February 28, 2007 |  by Staff Writer
Three Palestinian women have been murdered in the Gaza Strip in the past 24 hours in what Palestinian security officials believe to be “honor killings.”

While the exact motive remains unclear, the bodies were found early Tuesday morning in the northern Gaza Strip. One woman, the mother of four, was found near the beach and had been shot 13 times. The other two women’s bodies were also shot numerous times.

Officials have not ruled out “honor killings” as a possibility for the crime, where the women are killed by male members of their family to “preserve” the family honor if the woman is suspected of being unfaithful to a spouse or of having sexual relations outside of marriage. On average 25 women are murdered yearly in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip.

“We are living in a jungle,” said Siham Aladdin, who works for a local women’s organization. “The Palestinian police aren’t doing anything because they are afraid of the families and because they ‘understand’ the motives.”

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