Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


 Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Armed Personal and Clan Clashes

Field Update

6 Jul 2006


Small Girl Killed in a Clan Clash in Nuseirat Refugee Camp

A 12-year old girl was killed this morning in an armed intra-clan clash in Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip.

PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 00:00 on Thursday, 6 July 2006, a dispute within the Abu M’hadi clan erupted in the western part of Nuseirat refugee camp over an old dispute on a piece of land. The dispute evolved into an armed clash that resulted in the death of Shayma’ Mohammad Abu M’hadi (12) by a bullet in the chest. The girl’s body was taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir El-Balah.

It is noted that this is the third incident where people were injured or killed in clan clashes. An armed clash between Foujo and El-Arja clan in Rafah on 1 July 2006 resulted in the injury of 4 people from both sides. And on 2 July 2006, Basil Mahmoud Thari (40) from Beit Lahya was killed by his brother who works in the Preventive Security Apparatus in a personal dispute.

PCHR is extremely worried over the continued security chaos that includes the use of arms in personal and clan disputes. The Centre strongly condemns these crimes that are taking place at a critical time for the Palestinian people in light of the Israeli military operation against the Gaza Strip. The Centre calls upon the PNA, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice.


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