Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Clashes between Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update

31 Jul 2006


Preventive Security Member Injured by Gunmen in Khan Yunis

Ramzi Mohammad Asfour, a 28-year old resident of Greater Abasan, suffered moderate injuries after masked gunmen shot him in Khan Yunis. Asfour is a member of the Preventive Security Apparatus.

PCHR's preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 14:50 on Sunday, 30 July 2006, a number of masked gunmen in 2 cars intercepted a taxi in which Asfour was riding. The incident took place in Bahar Street, opposite Naser Hospital in Khan Yunis. The gunmen forced Asfour out of the taxi and shot him in the legs. He was hit by several bullets in the legs and thighs. He was immediately taken to Naser Hospital for treatment, where his condition was listed as moderate.

PCHR strongly condemns the continued use of arms by armed individuals and groups, which has become prominent feature of the ongoing security chaos.  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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