Palestinian Centre for Human Rights



Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Use of Arms in Clan and Personal Disputes

Field Update

1 March 2006


Director-General of the Palestinian Land Authority Kidnapped in Gaza City

On the afternoon of Wednesday, 1 March 2006, unidentified gunmen kidnapped Atef El-Khodari, the director-general of the Palestinian Land Authority, from his office in Gaza City.

PCHR’s initial investigation indicates that the gunmen had been travelling in a white “Mitsubishi” jeep.  They kidnapped El-Khodari from the offices of the Palestinian Land Authority in the Southern Remal neighbourhood of Gaza City.  He was then taken to an unknown location.  Preliminary information indicates that the kidnapping is related to his work with the land authority.

PCHR expresses concern over this serious incident, which is a continuation of the internal security chaos seen in the Occupied Palestinian Territory in recent months.  The Centre calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate this incident and to bring the perpetrators to justice.


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