Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Use of Weapons in Clan and Personal Disputes

Field Update

24 April 2006


1 Citizen Killed and 4 Injured during a Clan Dispute in Rafah

On Sunday, 23 April 2006, Mousa Mahfouz Shallouf (33) was killed by a bullet to the neck and 4 others were injured, one seriously, during a clan dispute over the ownership of a plot of land in Rafah.

PCHR's initial investigation indicates that at approximately 21:00 on Sunday, a dispute erupted between members of the Shallouf clan in the Mawasi area, west of Rafah.  The incident took place over an old dispute regarding the ownership of a plot of land, which is governmental property.  The dispute escalated rapidly into clashes involving the use of firearms and other weapons.  The clashes resulted in the death of Mousa Shallouf and the injury of another 4.  Sources at Abu Yousef El-Najjar Hospital in Rafah indicated that one of the injuries was serious.  The injured are:

-         Fadel Musallam Shallouf, 21, injured by a bullet to the right foot;

-         Yaser Musallam Shallouf, 29, injured by a bullet to the left leg;

-         Anwar Ghayyad Shallouf, 36, suffered multiple gunshots to different parts of the body.  His injuries are serious; and

-         Habis Ghayyad Shallouf, 31, suffered multiple stab wounds and bruises in different parts of the body.


PCHR is gravely concerned over the continuation of internal violence, including the use of arms during personal and clan disputes.  Such incidents serve to further aggravate the state of security chaos currently seen in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  The Centre calls upon the Palestinian National Authority to take special preventive measures to ensure that such incidents do not occur and to preserve the safety of citizens.


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