PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 00:00
on Sunday, 19 August 2007, armed Palestinian groups deployed in the
village of El-Fokhar southeast of Khan Yunis after news spread of the
infiltration of special Israeli forces in the area. An exchange of fire
took place between these groups due to a mix up, with the groups
suspecting each other to be the infiltrating force. It became clear
afterwards that no Israeli forces infiltrated into the area of the
clash. Three residents of El-Fokhari were injured in the clash:
Abdallah Sami El-Omur (22), injured by a bullet in the right
Reyad Khader El-Omur (21), injured by a bullet in the right leg.
Sari Ali El-Omur (22), injured by a bullet in the left leg.
injured were taken to the European Hospital in Khan Yunis for treatment, where
their injuries were listed as moderate.
PCHR is concerned over this incident that constitutes a continuation of security
chaos in the OPT. The Centre calls upon the PNA, represented by the
Attorney-General, to investigate the incident and prosecute the perpetrators.