Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Using Weapons in Personal and Clan Disputes

Field Update

24 March 2008



2 Persons Wounded in Khan Yunis by Gunmen Thought to Be Members of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades

On Monday morning, 24 March 2008, 2 members of the al-Ghalban clan were wounded by gunmen thought to be members of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades (the armed wing of Hamas) during a quarrel in Khan Yunis.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 01:30 on Monday, 28 March 2008, a verbal debate between members of the al-Ghalban clan and masked gunmen thought to be members of the ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades, who were deployed on a branch road in Ma’an village, east of Khan Yunis, developed into a quarrel by hands. Soon after, the masked gunmen opened fire. As a result, Ibrahim Ahmed al-Ghalban, 22, was wounded by a gunshot to the left leg, and Hind Hussein al-Ghalban, 38, was wounded by shrapnel to the left arm. Other members of the al-Ghalban clan, including an 85-year-old man, sustained bruises. The gunmen withdrew from the area at approximately 03:00.

PCHR is gravely concerned over the continuation of the use of weapons in personal and clan disputes, which is further aggravating the state of security chaos in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. PCHR calls upon the dismissed Palestinian government in Gaza to investigate this crime and bring the perpetrators to justice.



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