Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Attacks against Officials and Public Institutions

Field Update

22 November 2007

 

3 Sports Clubs in Deir al-Balah and Gaza Attacked

In the past 10 days, 3 sports clubs in the Gaza Strip have been attacked in the context of the state of security chaos prevailing in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 03:00 on Thursday, 22 November 2007, unknown persons attacked Deir al-Balah Sports Club in Deir al-Balah refugee camp and set fire to the office of the administration, heavily damaging it.

At approximately 01:00 on Wednesday, 21 November 2007, unknown persons attacked Gaza Sports club in al-Remal neighborhood in Gaza City. They stole two computer sets from the offices of the board and the accountant.

On Sunday, 11 November 2007, militants from Hamas seized al-Tuffah Sports Club in al-Tuffah neighborhood in the east of Gaza City, and prevented its staff from entering it.

PCHR is deeply concerned over these attacks, which constitute an assault on the right to association, and are part of the state of security chaos prevailing in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these attacks to bring the perpetrators to justice. 

 

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