Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos

Clashes between Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update

31 January 2007


Palestinian Killed in Khan Yunis & Another Injured in Gaza by Unknown Gunmen

Hussein Khayri El-Shobasi (30) from Khan Yunis was killed yesterday by unknown gunman in Khan Yunis; and Bashir Mohammad Issa (40) was injured in Gaza in similar circumstances.

PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 12:15 on Wednesday, 31 January 2007, Bashir Issa was moderately injured by several bullets in the feet. Gunmen traveling in a car fired at Issa, who works in Force 17, in Jala Street in Gaza City. He was taken to Kamal Odwan Hospital in Beit Lahia for treatment.

At approximately 14:30 on Tuesday, 30 January 2007, gunmen traveling in a car fired several bullets at El-Shobasi, who works in the Palestinian Naval Police, as he was standing near Nour Mosque in Quiezan El-Najjar area, south of Khan Yunis. He was killed instantly by bullets throughout his body. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Naser Hospital.

Izzedeen El-Qassam Battalions later issued a press release mourning El-Shobasi, the Imam of Nour Mosque in Khan Yunis.

It is noted that half an hour prior to the shooting, gunmen vandalized the library in the Nour Mosque.

PCHR is worried over the continued falling of victims by the escalating armed violence between Palestinian individuals and groups, which is a continuum of the security chaos plaguing the OPT. The Centre calls upon the PNA, represented by the Attorney-General, to seriously investigate these crimes, and bring the perpetrators to justice.


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