Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Personnel

Field Update

18 June 2006


One Person Killed and 3 of His Relatives Kidnapped in Jabalya

A number of unknown armed persons killed a member of the ‘Asaliya damily, while they were attempting to kidnap him on Friday, 16 June 2006.  Three other members of the same family were also kidnapped last week in the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabalya.   

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 20:00 on Friday, 16 June 2006, a number of masked armed persons, who were traveling in two civilian cars, broke into a shop belonging to Mustafa Yahia Yousef ‘Asaliya in the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabalya and kidnapped him.  They took him into one of their cars and opened fire into the air.  The hostage’s brother, Sami, intervened and was able to take his brother out of the car.  Immediately, one of the armed persons shot the released hostage dead with a live bullet to the head. 

Soon after, the armed persons kidnapped Hassan ‘Ali ‘Asaliya, 21, who was in the area, and took him to an unknown destination.  Later, they released him after having violently beaten him. 

Earlier, at approximately 21:30 on Wednesday, 14 June 2006, a number of armed persons kidnapped Yousef Mahmoud ‘Asaliya, 50, when he was on his way back home in the center of Jabalya town.  At approximately 06:00 on Sunday, 18 June 2006, ‘Asaliya, who was subject to torture during his abduction, was released.  It is worth noting that his son, Eyad, was also kidnapped on Friday, 9 June 2006, by a number of members of the Palestinian Preventive Security Service, when he was near a site of the Military Intelligence in Tal al-Za’tar neighborhood in the east of Jabalya.  He has not been released yet.

PCHR is concerned over the continued misuse of weapons by armed groups and security personnel, which has become a prominent feature of the ongoing security chaos.  PCHR stresses the importance of protecting civilians and ensuring their safety in accordance with international humanitarian law.  


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