Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Use of Weapons in Personal and Clan Disputes

Field Update

19 June 2006


Two Injured, One Seriously, in Armed Personal Disputes

Two people were injured, one of them seriously, and a vehicle was burned during personal disputes in which weapons were used.  The incidents took place in Beit Lahya and Gaza City.

PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 20:30 on Sunday, 18 June 2006, seven armed people intercepted Wa’el Misbah Gharib (28) and his brother Mohammad (20), while they were in a car near Zayd Bin Haritha School in Beit Lahya.  The brothers, who are from Jabalia refugee camp, were on their way to a chicken farm belonging to Wa’el in the area.  The gunmen forced the brothers out of the car and fired bullets near their legs.  They also beat Mohammad severely.  The assailants threw a bomb at the brothers’ car, burning it completely.  Mohammad was taken to Kamal Odwan Hospital for treatment of the bruising sustained during the beating.  His injuries were described as moderate.  PCHR’s fieldworker learned that a financial dispute was the reason behind the assault.

And at approximately 20:00 on Saturday, 17 June 2006, Ahmad Atwa Abu Amra, a 24-year-old resident of the Southern Rimal area of Gaza City, was injured during a dispute over money.  The incident took place near the Force 17 junction in the Sheikh Ijleen area.  Abu Amra was injured by a bullet to the chest during a dispute with another individual.  He was taken to Shifa Hospital for treatment, where his injury was described as serious.

PCHR is concerned about the continuation of internal violence, including the use of weapons in personal and clan disputes, which is further aggravating the state of security chaos in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  The Centre calls upon the PNA, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these attacks and to bring the perpetrators to justice.



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