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Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Using Weapons in Personal and Family Disputes

Field Update

9 October 2006

 

 

6 Persons Injured in a Family Dispute in Khan Yunis and Gaza

In the past three days, 6 persons were wounded by gunshots in Khan Yunis and Gaza City. Four of these persons were wounded during an armed clash between two families in Khan Yunis, and the dispute between the two families moved to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, where two other persons were wounded.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 11:30 on Friday, 6 October 2006, a number of armed members of the al-Masri family fired at ‘Ata Mohammed Abu Taha, 35, when he was on his way to the mosque for the Friday Prayer. He was wounded by a live bullet and shrapnel to the right hand.

At approximately 13:00 on Sunday, 8 October 2006, armed clashes erupted between the families of al-Masri and Abu Taha near the desalination plant in Khan Yunis. Three persons were wounded in these clashes:

1.  Eyad Maher al-Masri, 13, seriously wounded by a live bullet to the head;

2.  Yassin Mohammed Abu Taha, 40, wounded by two live bullets to the legs; and

3.  Ahmed Isma’il Saqer, 24, seriously wounded by a live bullet to the right thigh.

Al-Masri and Saqer, who is a relative of the Abu Taha family, were evacuated to Shifa Hospital.

At approximately 19:00, members of the al-Masri family fired at two persons from the families of Saqer and Abu Taha, who were visiting their relatives who were wounded in the previous clashes. The two persons were wounded:

1.    Mohammed ‘Ali Abu Taha, 30, wounded by several live bullets to the legs; and

2.    Mohammed Saqer, 50, wounded by a live bullet to the left leg.

Soon, members of the Executive Force of the Ministry of Interior, who guards the hospital, arrested 3 members of the al-Masri family.

PCHR is gravely concerned over the continuation of the use of weapons in personal and family disputes, which is further aggravating the state of security chaos in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these attacks and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

 

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