Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos

Clashes between Armed Groups and/or Security Forces

Field Update

8 April 2007


16 Palestinians Injured, including 2 Children and 4 Women, in Armed Clashes between Fatah and Hamas in Khan Yunis and Northern Gaza

PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 9:30 on Friday, 6 April 2007, armed clashes erupted between Fatah and Hamas gunmen in Abu Jam’e Quarter between Bani Suheila and New Abasan to the east of Khan Yunis. The clashes were triggered by a dispute over a billboard that Hamas supporters placed near El-Salam Mosque in the area. Thirteen Palestinians, including 2 children and 4 women, were injured by shrapnel. Gunmen also set fire to a car belonging to a Hamas members. The injured were treated in Naser Hospital in Khan Yunis. The injuries were listed as moderate.

In the aftermath of the clashes, gunmen deployed in the areas and stopped several cars and searched them. At approximately 13:40 on Saturday, 7 April 2007, gunmen fired at Mohammad Sami Abu Samhan (21), a Hamas supporter. He was moderately injured by bullets in the legs, and was taken to Naser Hospital for treatment.

In another incident at approximately 17:00 on Saturday, masked gunmen fired at Khaled Nadi Hamad (38), a Fatah activists, who was heading to his home in Beit Hanoun. He was moderately injured by bullets in the legs, and was taken to Kamal Odwan Hospital for treatment. In the aftermath of this shooting, gunmen from Hamad clan attacked the Beit Hanoun Sports club, used as a compound by Hamas gunmen. No injuries were reported in the ensuing clashes. Gunmen from Hamad clan also attacked the house of Raji Khalil Hamdan, a Hamas activist. During the clashes around the house, Jalal Yousef Hamad (31) was moderately injured by a bullet in the left shoulder. He was treated in El-Awda Hospital in Jabalia.

PCHR strongly condemns this crime, and is concerned over the continuation of attacks despite the state of calm reached at the start of February 2007. The Centre calls upon all parties to respect the state of calm, resort to dialogue, and to refrain from resorting to arms in resolving disputes.


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