Security Chaos

Armed Clan and Personal Clashes

Field Update

21 January 2008


Palestinian Killed and 2 Injured in Armed Clan Clashes

On Sunday evening, 20 January, Marwan Awad El-Gharabli from Sheja’eya Quarter in Gaza City was killed and two others were injured in an armed clan clash between members of El-Gharabli and Abu Amr clans.

PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 13:30 on Sunday, 20 January, a fistfight between members of El-Gharabli and Abu Amr clans broke out near Al-Azhar University in Gaza City. It escalated into an armed clash using firearms and grenades. As a result, Marwad Awad El-Gharabli (24) from Sheja’eya Quarter was killed by shrapnel to the body. Ahmad Salim Abu Amr (23) was injured by a bullet to the neck and shrapnel to the legs; and his brother Mohammad (21) was injured by shrapnel to the hands and feet. The injured were taken to Shifa hospital where their injuries were light to moderate. The Police stated that they broke up the dispute and arrested several people from both clans.

And on 17 January 2008, Salem Odeh Madi (45) from Rafah was killed by members of his clan in an old vendetta killing. The Police stated that that an investigation was opened, and that a suspect was arrested.

PCHR is concerned over the continued falling of victims in armed personal and clan clashes, which is a continuation of the security chaos plaguing the OPT. The Centre reiterates the call toe the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these crimes and prosecute the perpetrators.



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