Palestinian Centre for Human Rights

Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Attacking Public Institutions and Officials

Field Update

16 April 2006


3 Gunmen Injured in Clashes with Palestinian Police in Rafah

Three armed members of a clan in Rafah were injured as Palestinian Police confronted them during an attempted armed robbery in the Mawasi area of Rafah.

PCHR's preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 15:00 on Friday, 14 April 2006, gunmen from the El-Shaer clan fired at a Police and National Security patrol that had confronted them during an attempt to steal equipment and water pipes from an evacuated settlement in the Mawasi area, west of Rafah.  Eyewitnesses informed PCHR's fieldworker that Palestinian resistance factions supported the Palestinian security forces in confronting the gunmen.  The clashes took place in Abu Bakr Street in the Tal El-Sultan neighborhood of Rafah.  They resulted in the injury of 2 gunmen:

1) Izzedeen Mohammad El-Shaer, 22 years old, injured by 2 bullets to the left hand and right thigh; and

2) Mohammad Ibrahim El-Shaer, 19 years old, injured by 2 bullets to the legs.

At approximately 18:30 on the same day, an armed group from the El-Shaer clan attacked the house of police officer Mahdi Zanoun, the director of the narcotics department in the Rafah Police.  The house is located in the Khirbit El-Adas neighborhood of Rafah.  The assault was perpetrated under the pretext that the officer had taken part in the clashes with the gunmen earlier in the day.  The clashes at the officer's house resulted in the injury of Husam Mahmoud El-Shaer, 34, who sustained a shrapnel wound to the right hand.

PCHR is very concerned over the continued number of deaths and injuries resulting from attacks on public institutions and evacuated land, which has become a prominent feature of the ongoing security chaos in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).  The Centre calls upon the Palestinian National Authority (PNA), represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these crimes seriously and to bring the perpetrators to justice.


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