Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update

19 March 2008


2 Persons Killed by Unknown Gunmen in Khan Yunis and Qalqilya

Two Palestinians were killed by unknown gunmen in 2 separate incidents in Khan Yunis town in the southern Gaza Strip and Qalqilya town in the northern West Bank.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR:

At approximately 08:30 on Wednesday, 19 March 2008, people found the body of Salama Nayef al-Agha, 35, in the west of Khan Yunis. He was hit by a gunshot to the head. Soon after, members of the al-Agha clan burnt a house belonging to the Kalakh clan in the context of an old dispute between the two clans. The police opened an investigation and indicated that a person came to a police station in Gaza City and confessed that he shot al-Agha. According to medical sources, al-Agha was killed by a gunshot to the head.

At approximately 12:00 on Tuesday, 18 March 2008, 3 masked gunmen traveling in a car with an Israeli registration plate fired at ‘Abdul Karim Saleh Hussein ‘Omar, 75, from Beit Ameen village south of Qalqilya, when he was in the center of Qalqilya. He was instantly killed by several gunshots to the upper part of the body. The police opened an investigation into the attack.

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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