Palestinian Centre for Human Rights



Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Attacking Public Institutions and Officials

Field Update

6 April 2006


Police Officer Seriously Injured in El-Bureij Refugee Camp

2 Palestinian gunmen fired at a Palestinian police officer in El-Bureij refugee camp, hitting him with several bullets to the abdomen and pelvis.  The officer was transferred to Israel for treatment due to the severity of his injuries.

PCHR's initial investigation indicates that at approximately 14:30 on Wednesday, 5 April 2006, two gunmen fired at Captain Maher Ibrahim Shehada, a 33-year-old resident of El-Bureij refugee camp.  The officer was hit while he was standing at the entrance to the refugee camp on Salah El-Deen Street.  He was injured by several bullets to the abdomen and pelvis, and was taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital in Deir El-Balah.  He was then transferred to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City, and from there to an Israeli Hospital, due to the severity of his injuries.

It is believed that the attack took place against the backdrop of the officer's participation, in his capacity as an officer in the police rapid intervention force, in clashes between the police and families in Gaza City two weeks ago.  Two people, from the El-Deiri and El-Baba families, were killed and 3 others were injured during these clashes.

It is noted that armed clashes broke out on 22 March 2006 between Palestinian police and gunmen from the El-Oweidat and other families.  The clashes took place in the El-Sabra neighborhood of Gaza City and were sparked by the kidnapping of a policeman from the vicinity of the Nile Secondary School for Boys on the same day.  The clashes resulted in the death of Eyad Mohammad Suliman El-Deiri (18) and the injury of 4 others.  Three of the injured were taken to Shifa Hospital for treatment and the fourth was treated in Al-Quds Hospital.  On the evening of the same day, Al-Quds Hospital announced the death of the child Khalid Mohammad El-Baba, a 14-year-old resident of the Zaitoon neighborhood of Gaza City.  The cause of death was a bullet that had penetrated the right arm and chest.  The following day, 50 pupils, believed to be from the families that clashed with the police, started a fire at the Nile school.

PCHR is gravely concerned over the repetition of these attacks, which are a continuation of the security chaos in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  The Centre 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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