Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Personnel

Field Update

20 August 2006


4 Palestinian Killed by Misuse of Weapons in Jenin and Qalqilya

Four Palestinians were killed over the past two days in Jenin and the town of Kufr Laqif, near Qalqilya, in incidents of misuse of weapons.

PCHR's preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 03:00 on Friday, 18 August 2006, a large explosion was heard in the Marj Bin Amer Park and Swimming Pool, owned by the Yassin family from Deir Abu Da'if, northeast of Jenin. Ambulances arrived at the scene and transported the torn bodies of 3 Palestinians to Khalil Suliman Hospital in Jenin. The killed are:

-         Malek Jaber Mohammad Yassin (26) from Deir Abu Da'if;

-         Shadi Hussein Ali Mallah (28) from Beit Qad; and

-         Anan Ahmad Mustafa Daraghma (28) from Toubas.

It is noted that the three were agricultural engineers. It is believed that they were preparing an explosive device. They were members of Izzedeen El-Qassam Battalions, the armed wing of Hamas.

And at approximately 19:00 on Saturday, 19 August 2006, Mahmoud Amin Awad Jaber, a 43-year old resident of Kufr Laqif (east of Qaliqilya) was returning home from a hunting trip in the mountains to the east of his hometown. He was riding in a tractor and was leaning on his hunting rifle. A bullet accidentally fired from the rifle. It penetrated the body from the right armpit, killing Jaber instantly. At approximately 20:15, Jaber's body was taken to Rafedia Hospital in Nablus.

PCHR is extremely concerned over the continued falling of victims by misuse of weapons by armed groups and individuals, which are a continuum 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 incidents and to bring the perpetrators to justice.



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