Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Armed Clashes Between Groups and Security Services

Field Update

17 August 2006


Child Killed and 4 Injured in Khan Yunis

Yesterday evening a Palestinian child was killed and four were injured in armed clashes between members of Fatah on one hand and the Palestinian Ministry of Interior Executive Force and Hamas activists on the other. The clashes took place in the town of Greater Abasan to the east of Khan Yunis.

PCHR's preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 17:30 on Wednesday, 16 August 2006, a dispute broke out between Fatah members from Qudeih clan on the one hand and members of the Executive Force and Hamas activists on the other. The latter were deployed in the vicinity of the house of mourning of Motasim Qudeih, an activist in Al-Quds Battalions (the armed wing of Islmic Jihad), who was killed in clashes with Israeli forces. The Executive Force was deployed to secure the area, near El-Nour Mosque in Greater Abasan, in preparation for the arrival of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyya to give his condolences. Haniyya was scheduled to arrive after giving condolences to the Sha'ath clan, who had two members killed by Israeli forces in Khan Yunis.

The verbal dispute escalated into armed clashes. The child Suliman Yunis Suliman Abu Naser (14) was hit by a bullet in the abdomen. He was taken to Naser Hospital where he died shortly after arrival. Four others were injured:

-         Suliman Mahmoud Qudeih (65) was hit by a bullet in the abdomen as he tried to break up the dispute;

-         Salah El-Deen Rashad Qudeih (21) a member of the Executive Force who was injured by a bullet in the right leg;

-         Khaled Suliman Abu Anza (33) a Hamas activist injured by a bullet in the right thigh; and

-         Abdel Latif Abu Tir (38) a passerby injured by a shrapnel in the right hand.

PCHR is concerned over the continued use of arms by Palestinian groups and individuals, which is a part of the security chaos plaguing the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The Centre calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to seriously investigate these crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice.


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