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Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups and Security Personnel

Field Update

24 April 2006

 

2 Citizens Injured by Gunfire during a Fatah March in Toubas

On the evening of Sunday, 23 April 2006, Mohammad Hatem Suliman As'ad (21) was injured by two bullets to the legs and Walid Mahmoud Abu Naser (31) was injured by a bullet to the left leg.  Both are from the town of Toubas in the northern West Bank and they were injured by shots fired by gunmen participating in a Fatah march in the town, organized in protest against the statements made by Khaled Meshal.

PCHR's initial investigation indicates that at approximately 19:30 on Sunday, the two citizens were injured as they were participating in a march in the streets of the town.  Scores of Fatah activists and supporters participated in the protest against the statements of Khaled Meshal, and demanded an apology be made to the Palestinian National Authority and its President, Mahmoud Abbas.  A number of gunmen participating in the march fired into the air and two citizens were injured by stray bullets.

PCHR is very concerned over the continued number of deaths and injuries resulting from the misuse of weapons, which has become a prominent feature of the ongoing security chaos in the region.  The Centre calls upon the Palestinian National Authority to take preventive measures to prevent such incidents and safeguard the safety of citizens.

 

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