Palestinian Centre for Human Rights



Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update

10 May 2007


A Security Man Abducted, 2 People Wounded, and a Company and a Journalist Attacked in the Gaza Strip

According to investigations conducted by PCHR:

At approximately 08:30 on Thursday, 10 May 2007, unknown gunmen traveling in a civilian car intercepted Lieutenant Colonel Manar Sa’dat ‘Awaja, 42, from the Police investigation bureau, who lives in Nusiarat tower buildings, when he was traveling in his car to his work in Gaza City. They forced him out of his car and abducted him.

At approximately 12:00, Mohammed Faisal Barbakh, 36, an officer of the Palestinian National Security Forces from Khan Yunis, was admitted into Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, as he was wounded by several gunshots to the feet, when he attempted to attack Muhannad al-Hijjawi, Director General of the Palestinian Telecommunication Company in Nablus who is visiting the Gaza Strip. Al-Hijjawi’s bodyguards fired at Barbakh. Barbakh has some differences with the company.

Following this incident, at approximately 12:30, many members of the Barbakh clan, including gunmen, attacked the building of the Palestinian Telecommunication Company in the center of Khan Yunis. They opened fire at the building and forced employees out. At approximately 15:30, they set fire to the third floor of the building, damaging it heavily. As a result of the indiscriminate shooting in the area, 8-year-old Akram Mohammed Barbakh was wounded by a gunshot to the shoulder. At approximately 16:30,  members of the clan attacked Ya’qoub Sami Abu Ghalwa, 25, a cameraman of Associated Press and the Palestinian News Agency, and destroyed his camera, when he was photographing the incidents in the area.

PCHR is gravely concerned over increasing casualties resulting from the misuse of weapons. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these incidents and bring those who are found responsible to justice.



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