Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos

Clashes Between Armed Groups and/or Security Forces

Field Update

11 April 2007


Palestinian Killed and another Injured in Khan Yunis and Northern Gaza

PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 22:00 on Tuesday, 10 April 2007, unknown gunmen lying in ambush in a grove in Ma’an (east of Khan Yunis) fired at Tahsin Hussein El-Ghalban (33). He worked as a member of the Preventive Security Apparatus, and was on his way home when he was shot. He was hit by several bullets in the chest, abdomen, and extremities. He was transferred in serious condition to Naser Hospital in the city. He was pronounced dead at approximately 3:00 on Wednesday, 11 April 2007.

At approximately 16:20 on Tuesday, 10 April 2007, unknown gunmen kidnapped Yousef Hasan El-Ashqar (26), a Fatah activist from Beit Hanoun. The kidnappers took him near Sheikh Zayed Housing project in Beit Lahia, and shot him in the legs. He was taken to Kamal Odwan Hospital for treatment, and from there transferred to Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza City due to the severity of the injuries. Al-Ashqar’s family accused Hamas of the kidnapping, and attacked two houses of Hamas activists in Amal Quarter in Beit Hanoun. At approximately 00:00 on Wednesday, 11 April, gunmen attacked the house of Khalil Abdallah El-Athamna, and fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the house. No injuries were reported; but the house suffered material damages. And at approximately 6:00 on Wednesday, gunmen fired another grenade at the house of Abdel Fattah Obeid El-Kafarna, causing material damages. No injuries were reported in El-Kafarna’s house.

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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