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Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Clashes between Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update

17 Jul 2006

 

1 Killed and 2 Injured in Khan Yunis Internal Tension

PCHR's preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 14:10 on Sunday, 16 July 2006, masked gunmen traveling in a car fired at Mohammad Zaki Dahalan, a 24-year old member of the Preventive Security Apparatus. He was hit by several bullets in the chest and abdomen as he was standing near his house in the Jorit El-Aqad area in Khan Yunis. He was taken to Naser Hospital for treatment, but died shortly after arrival in the hospital.

In a related development at approximately 16:00 on the same day, a number of Dahlan's friends and colleagues gathered near his house and fired bullets and threw bombs at the house of Dr. Walid Amer, a lecturer in the Islamic University and a senior figure in Hamas. No injuries were reported in the house, which sustained material damages to the windows and outside walls.

In another incident at approximately 22:00 on Saturday, 15 July 2006, unknown gunmen fired at Wasim Salem El-Jorof, a 19-year old Hamas activist, as he was waling near his house in the town of Greater Abasan, east of Khan Yunis. He was injured by a bullet in the left shoulder. He was taken to Naser Hospital for treatment, where his condition was listed as moderate.

At approximately 23:30 on Tuesday, 11 July 2006, unknown gunmen fired at the house of Abdel Hakim Abdallah Asfour, a 45-year old Hamas activist, in Greater Abasan. The shooting resulted in the injury of Nour Moussa Asfour, a 24-year old Hamas activist, by a bullet in the right leg as he was standing near his house. He was taken to Naser Hospital for treatment, where his condition was listed as moderate. After this incident, armed clashes broke out between Fatah and Hamas activists. However, the clashes were brought under control, and no injuries were reported.

PCHR is gravely concerned over the continued use of arms by armed individuals and groups, which have become prominent features of the ongoing security chaos in the region.  The Centre calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these crimes, and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

 

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