Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Personnel

Field Update

9 April 2008


2 Palestinians Wounded During Armed Clashes between Security Forces and Militants from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in Nablus

On Tuesday evening, 8 April 2008, 2 Palestinians were wounded during armed clashes between Palestinian security forces and militants from the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades (the armed wing of Fatah movement) in Nablus. The clashes erupted when security forces attempted to re-arrest 12 militants of the Fares al-Lail (Night Knights) Group of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, who had fled from Junaid Prison in the west of Nablus.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 19:00 on Tuesday, 8 April 2008, Palestinian security forces surrounded a number of houses in Housh al-Jeitan area in the old town of Nablus. They were searching for 12 militants who had escaped from Junaid Prison. A number of militants from Fares al-Lail Group of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades exchanged fire with security forces. As a result of the exchange of fire, a civilian bystander and a militant were wounded: Mohammed Qassem al-Kharraz, 19, wounded by a gunshot to the left foot; and Sufian Qandil, 24, wounded by shrapnel to the feet. 

The militants whom security forces were attempting to arrest escaped from Junaid Prison on Friday evening, 4 April 2008, after a fight with guards. They are wanted by IOF and had handed over their weapons to the Palestinian National Authority. They committed to calming down the situation concerning the confrontation with Israeli Occupation Forces. They also pledged to serve 3-6 months in Palestinian prison in order for an amnesty for them to be issued by Israel.   

PCHR is gravely concerned for the continuation of such incidents, which are part of the state of security chaos and misuse of weapons. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate such attacks and to bring the perpetrators to justice.



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