Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Personnel

Field Update

4 August 2008


2 Palestinians, Including a Child, Killed in Armed Clashes in Ramallah

On Saturday, 2 Palestinians, including a child, were killed in armed clashes in Jaba’ village and Qalandya refugee camp near Ramallah.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 14:00 on Saturday, 2 August 2008, a number of Palestinian police officers, wearing civilian clothes, moved into Jaba’ village, south of Ramallah, which is part of Area “C” according to Oslo Accords and thus under Israeli security control, to confiscate gambling machines from a store in the village. The armed group, which owns the store, refused to hand the gambling machines to the police. In the meantime, another armed group came from the nearby Qalandya refugee camp and exchanged fire with the first group. At approximately 16:00, the police and the second armed group left the village. Later, a number of gunmen attacked Qalandya refugee camp, and armed clashes erupted between them and the second armed group that had entered Jaba’ village earlier. As a result, 2 Palestinians, including a child, were killed:

1.      Ghassam Mohammed Bisharat, 14, hit by several gunshots to the head and the chest; and

2.      Mustafa ‘Abdullah Bisharat, 24, hit by several gunshots to the head and the chest.

Additionally, 5 Palestinians were wounded. Brigadier ‘Adnan al-Dumairi, Spokesman of the Palestinian police in the West Bank, stated to PCHR that “a police force entered Jaba’ village to confiscate machines a few hours before the eruption of clashes.” “Two hours after the police force had finished its mission, we received information that a number of casualties were admitted into hospitals in Ramallah, so we went for investigation, but we were not able to conclude the investigation as the wounded were in a serious condition,” Brigadier al-Dumairi added. He further stated that “results of the investigation will be declared once the investigation is concluded.”   

PCHR is gravely concerned for the increasing number of casualties resulting from the misuse of weapons, which is part of the state of security chaos and assaults on the rule of law prevailing in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney General, to investigate this latest crime and bring the perpetrators to justice.



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