Palestinian Centre for Human Rights



Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Armed Personal and Clan Clashes

Field Update

6 November 2006


2 People Killed and another Injured in Armed Clan Clashes in Khan Yunis

On Sunday, 5 November 2006, two people from Abu Ma'rouf clan were killed and a member of Al-Agha clan was injured in two armed clan clashes in Khan Yunis.

PCHR's preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 17:30 on Sunday, Ismail Salim Salama Abu Ma'rouf (36) fired from a pistol at Ammar Khalil Ma'rouf Abu Ma'rouf (21) who was near his house in the Jorit El-Lut in the southern part of Khan Yunis. The targeted man was killed instantly by a bullet to the chest. A few minutes later, the killer came under fire from one of his brothers in a dispute at his house, which is near the first victim's house. He was killed by a bullet to the chest.

One of the victims' relatives and police sources informed PCHR's fieldworker that Ismail Abu Ma'rouf fired at Ammar Abu Ma'rouf because of old disputes between them. When the killer returned to his house, he was killed by a bullet to the chest fired by one of his brothers fearing the reactions to the first killing by the victim's family.

The Palestinian police announced that an investigation has been opened into the incident, and that the police have started to take legal steps in the case.

At approximately 16:00 on the same day, Izzedeen Jawad El-Agha (33) was admitted to Naser Hospital in Khan Yunis suffering from moderate gunshot wounds in the legs. He was shot by a member of his clan near his house in the Satar El-Gharbi area north of Khan Yunis on the backdrop of a personal dispute between them.

It is noted that armed clan clashes occurred in Khan Yunis a day earlier and resulted in the death of 5 people, including one woman, and the injury of 7 others, including a woman and a child.[1]

PCHR is concerned over the continued falling of victims in armed personal and clan clashes, which is part of the security chaos plaguing the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT). The Centre reiterates the call to the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to seriously investigate these crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice.


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