Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos

Armed Clan and Personal Clashes

Field Update

12 April 2007


Two Palestinians Killed and 6 Injured in Armed Clan Clashes

On Thursday morning, 12 April 2007, two members of the al-Sheikh ‘Eid family were killed due to the use of weapons in family disputes. On Wednesday and Thursday, 6 persons were wounded in two separate incidents in Gaza City and Rafah in similar circumstances.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 11:00 on Thursday, 12 April 2007, Younis Ahmad al-Sheikh ‘Eid, 47, fired at his relative, Akram Isma’il al-Sheikh ‘Eid, 30, near a grocery shop belonging to the Abu Taha family in Abu Baker al-Siddiq Street near the central market in Rafah town in the southern Gaza Strip. The incident was provoked by an old inter-clan dispute. As soon as sounds of the gunfire were heard in the area, members of the Abu Taha family opened fire thinking that a member of the al-Masri family was targeting them in the context of a continuous dispute between the two families. The two members of the al-Sheikh ‘Eid family were killed by several gunshots to the body.

At approximately 10:00 on Wednesday, 11 April 2007, an armed clash broke out between ‘Abdul ‘Aal and Quz’at clans in Tal al-Hawa neighborhood in Gaza City. The clash was instigated by a dispute between a member of the ‘Abdul ‘Aal clan renting stores to sell construction materials from a Quz’at landlord. The dispute was over the removal of construction materials from the front of the landlord’s house. Four people were injured – 3 by gunfire and 1 by stabbing:

1)      Nabil ‘Izzat Quz’at, 30, injured by a gunshot to the right hand;

2)       Bashir ‘Izzat Quz’at, 35, injured by a gunshot to the head;

3)       ‘Issam Mustafa ‘Abdul ‘Aal, 40, injured by shrapnel to the right foot; and

4)       Zaher ‘Abdul Jalil ‘Abdul ‘Aal, 40, tabbed in the chest by a sharp tool.  

At approximately 16:00 on Wednesday, two masked gunmen broke into a restaurant owned by Sharif Hamdi Abu Taha, 45, in Omar Bin al-Khattab Street in Rafah. The two gunmen fired at Abu Taha wounding him with several gunshots throughout the body. Also, ‘Ismail ‘Abdul Rahman al-‘Emawi, 30, a customer in the restaurant, was wounded by a gunshot to the right thigh. Both were evacuated to Mohammad Yousef al-Najjar Hospital for treatment. From there, Abu Taha was transferred to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City as he was in a serious condition.

PCHR deeply concerned over the increasing number of casualties in armed personal and clan clashes, in the context of the state of security chaos plaguing the OPT. PCHR reiterates its call for the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to effectively investigate such crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice.



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