Security Chaos

Armed Clan Clashes

Field Update

5 May 2008


Civilian Killed and another Injured in Gaza City

Last Friday, Moheye El-Deen Abu El-Kas was killed by gunmen in Gaza City in a clan clash. And in another incident, Abd El-Baset Abd El-Haid was injured by gunmen in northern Gaza City in another clan clash.

PCHRís preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 17:30 on Friday, 2 May, Moheye El-Deen Abu El-Kas (29) from Sabra Quarter in Gaza City was killed by a bullet in the back during a dispute with a taxi driver over the fare. The victimís brother, Abd El-Aziz Abu El-Kas, stated that a dispute over the taxi fare broke out between his late brother and a taxi driver who took him to his brotherís house in Sabra Quarter. The dispute escalated into a scuffle; and relatives intervened and broke up the dispute. Abd El-Aziz stated that Moheye El-Deen went out of his brotherís house to tell his family members to go inside. As he was outside the house two vehicles carrying gunmen arrived; and the gunmen chased his brother, who tried to flee towards a house belonging to a member of Bahloul clan. One of the gunmen fired at his brother, hitting him with a lethal bullet to the back. The Director of Police, General Tawfiq Jaber, informed PCHRís fieldworker that the Police have arrested the perpetrators of the crime; and that they are under questioning.

In another incident at approximately 18:30 on the same day, three gunmen fired at Abd El-Basit Mohammad Abd El-Hadi (37), from El-Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip. The incident took place in Sheikh Radwan Quarter in Gaza City. The gunmen fired at Abd El-Basit after failing to abduct him. He was moderately injured by two bullets to the feet. He was taken to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City for treatment; and then transferred to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir El-Balah. The Police stated that a number of suspects have been detained and are under questioning.

PCHR is concerned over the continuation of incidents of security chaos and attacks on the rule of law plaguing the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). The Centre calls upon the relevant authorities to take the necessary steps to prevent the recurrence of these incidents.




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