Security Chaos

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and/or Security Forces

Field Update

12 December 2007


Two Palestinians Killed in the West Bank

On Tuesday, 11 December, two Palestinians were mysteriously killed. The first was killed by an explosive device in Nablus; and the second was found dead in an agricultural field between Far’a refugee camp and the village of Sireen in the governorate of Jenin.

PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 00:15 on Tuesday, 11 December 2007, a strong explosion rocked the Yasmina Quarter in the old city in Nablus. As a result, Nu’man Mohammad Faris El-Qassas (20) was injured by shrapnel in the head and his hands dismembered. He was taken to Rafedia Hospital in Nablus for treatment. At approximately 1:00 he was pronounced dead after physicians failed to save his life. Medical sources at the hospital indicated that El-Qassas was clinically dead upon arrival due to the severity of his injuries. “Faris El-Leil” groups of Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades announced that one of their members was killed by a mysterious explosion in the old city in Nablus.

In another incident at approximately 10:30 on the same day, several farmers found a dead body under an olive tree on the side of an agricultural road between Far’a refugee camp and the village of Sireen southeast of Jenin. The farmers saw gunshot marks as well as marks of violence on the body. A Palestinian civilian vehicle was near the body. The farmers called the Palestinian police, who examined the body. The dead body was identified as that of Mohammad Nayef El-Shaf’i (37) from Fa’ra refugee camp. He was the owner of the vehicle. The body was transferred to the forensic laboratory in Abu Dis for examination; and the police are investigating the incident.

PCHR is concerned over the continued falling of victims as a result of the security chaos plaguing the OPT. The Centre calls upon the PNA, represented by the Attorney-General, to seriously investigate these incidents,  prosecute the perpetrators, and take effective action to prevent their recurrence.



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