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Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Clashes between Armed Groups and Security Branches

Field Update

3 December 2006

 

5 People Injured, Including 1 Woman and 3 Policemen, in Armed Clashes in Gaza

On Saturday, 2 December 2006, five Palestinians, including 3 policemen and a woman, were injured in armed clashes between Palestinian security forces and a clan in Gaza City. The clashes took place as part of a campaign by Palestinian security forces against security chaos and violations of the law plaguing the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).

PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 15:45 on Saturday, gunmen from Abu Amra clan and Palestinian security personnel clashed when the latter attempted to arrest clan members suspected of criminal offenses. The clashes continued for 4 hours, and led to the apprehension of 21 members from Abu Amra clan and the retrieval of 6 stolen vehicles. In addition, five people were injured:

-         Watan Mohammad Sukkar (22), a policeman injured by a bullet in the left leg;

-         Mohammad Mustafa El-Kheiri (23), a police investigator injured by a bullet in the left thigh;

-         Tariq Mohammad Hilles (25), a policeman injured by a bullet in the left foot;

-         Fatima Suliman Abu Amra (50), a woman injued by a bullet in the left thigh while she was at home; and

-         Nidal Abu Amra (22), seriously injured by a bullet in the chest.

In a related development at 20:10 in the same day, members of Abu Amra clan fired at a jeep belonging to the Preventive Secrity Apparatus near the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As a result, the driver lost control and the jeep overturned. Four passengers were suffered fractures and bruises. They were taken to Al-Quds Hospital in Gaza City for treatment.

PCHR calls for additional steps to confront the security chaos and attacks on the rule of law plaguing the OPT. At the same time, the Centre stresses the importance of respecting the law and human rights standards by law-enforcement personnel. The Centre stresses the importance of strict fire regulations for law enforcement personnel.

 

 

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