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Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Conflicts among Armed Groups or with Security Services

Field Update

15 October 2006

 

3 Palestinians, Including a Child, Killed and 43 Others Wounded As a Result of Clashes between Fatah and Hamas Movements in the Gaza Strip

In the past three days, two Palestinians, including a14-year-old child, were killed, a third one died from a previous wound, and 43 others, including 8 children, were wounded as a result of clashes between Fatah and Hamas movements in Beit Lahia town and Gaza City.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 20:00 on Thursday, 12 October 2006, two masked gunmen fired at Majed Khalil Abu Drabi, 42, a member of Hamas, when he was about to enter his house in al-Ghoboun neighborhood in the northern Gaza Strip town of Beit Lahia. He was wounded by several live bullets to the abdomen and the back. His wife, 38-year-old Fathiya Mohammed Abu Drabi, who got out of the house to check what was going on, was also wounded by several lived bullets to the abdomen and the legs. The two were evacuated to the hospital, but the man died from his wound.

Following Abu Drabi’s death, tension spread over the town, and members of the Executive Force of the Ministry of Interior and those of ‘Izziddin al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, deployed in the streets. They attacked a house belonging to Khaled al-Masri, a leader of Fatah movement. They opened fire and threw a hand grenade at the house, but no casualties were reported. Gunmen affiliated to Hamas also fired at Khaled Jihad Salman, 23, a member of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, an armed wing of Fatah movement. He was wounded by a live bullet to the left foot. Later, a number of gunmen attacked two houses belonging to Bahaa’ Jarad and Sameeh al-Madhoun, members of the al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, in Beit Lahia. An exchange of fire erupted in the area, but no casualties were reported.

Clashes between members of Fatah movement and those of Hamas escalated. On Friday morning, 13 October 2006, armed members of Hamas attacked a number of houses belonging to leaders of Fatah movement, including houses belonging to Sameeh al-Madhoun, Bahaa’ Abu Jarad and the Ghaben family. The clashes continued until 07:00, during which time 21 civilians were wounded.

At approximately 14:30 on Friday, clashes erupted near a house belonging to Jamal Abu al-Jedian, a leader of Fatah movement in Beit Lahia. These clashes continued until 17:00. During these clashes, 14-year-old Mahmoud Naji Zumlot, from Jabalya refugee camp, was killed by a live bullet to the abdomen, and 13 others were wounded. Thus, the number of casualties in clashes between the two side in Beit Lahia increased to two deaths and 25 wounded persons, including 6 children.[1]     

Earlier, at approximately 14:30 on Thursday, 12 October 2005, ‘Ali ‘Abdul Majeed Shakshak, 30, and intelligence officer, died from a wound he had sustained in the morning, when unknown persons fired at him near his house in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood in the north of Gaza City.

At approximately 21:00 also on Thursday, gunmen affiliated to Fatah movement, who were participating in a demonstration condemning the killing of ‘Ali Shakshak, fired at a house belonging to Khaled Abu Hilal, Spokesman of the Ministry of Interior. The guards returned fire. As a result of the exchange of fire, 15-year-old Ahmed Hamza al-Yazji was wounded by a live bullet to the right thigh.

At approximately 23:00 on Saturday, 14 October 2006, a number of masked gunmen traveling in a civilian car kidnapped Wassim Hamdi ‘Obaid, 30, a member of Fatah movement, when he was near his house in al-Shati refugee camp in the west of Gaza City. An hour and a half later the kidnappers dumped ‘Obaid near the market of cars in al-Zaytoun neighborhood in the east of Gaza City. ‘Obaid told PCHR that the kidnappers violently beat him for participating in armed clashes between Fatah and Hamas movements.

At approximately 01:30 on Sunday, 15 October 2006, an unknown armed group fired at a car, which was traveling in Abu Hassira Street in the west of Gaza City. Four persons who were traveling in the car and two bystanders were wounded:

1.    Sa’du ‘Aadel ‘Obaid, 30, wounded by a live bullet to the right side;

2.    ‘Allam Zuhair ‘Obaid, 28, wounded by a live bullet to the left hand;

3.    Maher Ahmed ‘Obaid, 36, wounded by shrapnel to the head;

4.    ‘Alaa’ Mohammed al-Lababidi, 27, wounded by a live bullet to the right hand;

5.    Ahmed ‘Abdul Halim ‘Aayesh, 37, wounded by shrapnel to the right foot; and

6.    Ahmed Maher al-Mughrabi, 16, wounded by a live bullet to the left hand.

 

PCHR strongly condemns these incidents, and:

1.    Expresses concerns over the increasing casualties resulting from the misuse of weapons by armed groups, which is part of the state of security chaos in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

2.    Calls upon Palestinian factions to use dialogue to settle differences, and never resort to violence and the use of weapons, which threat the lives and security of people.

3.    Calls upon the Palestinian National Authority to take preemptive measures to ensure the non-recurrence of such incidents and ensure the safety and security of people.   

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[1] PCHR has names of the wounded.

       

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