Security Chaos

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and/or Security Personnel

Field Update

19 August 2007


3 Palestinians Injured by Armed Palestinian Groups in El-Fokhari Area

PCHRís 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 hand.

-   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.

The 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.


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