Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Using Weapons in Personal and Clan Disputes

Field Update

5 June 2008


A Man and a Child Killed and 5 Others Wounded Due to the Use of Weapons in a Clan Dispute in Hebron

On Tuesday evening, a man was killed and 5 of his relatives were wounded when a number of gunmen opened fire at them in the context of an old dispute between El-Ajlouni and El-Rigbi clans living in the southeast of Hebron. In the same context, the child Safwat El-Salayma was killed on Wednesday evening during an exchange of fire between the two clans.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 17:00 on Tuesday, 3 June 2008, 5 gunmen opened fire at a number of members of the al-‘Ajlouni clan, who were near a grocery shop belonging to ‘Aayed al-‘Ajlouni in Jabal Jouha neighborhood in the southeast of Hebron. As a result, Mahmoud Sameeh al-‘Ajlouni, 31, was killed by several gunshots, and 5 of his relatives were lightly injured by shrapnel from gunshots.

At approximately 13:30 on Wednesday, 4 June 2008, Safawt Mohammed al-Salaima, 13, was seriously wounded by a gunshot to the head during an exchange of fire between the two disputing clans. Al-Salaima was with his father in al-Sahla car park in the southeast of Hebron. He was evacuated to the hospital, but medical efforts to save his life failed.  

PCHR is gravely concerned over the continued use of weapons in personal and clan disputes in the context of the state of security chaos prevailing in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.



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