Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Use of Weapons in Clan and Personal Disputes 

Field Update

4 May 2006


1 Citizen Killed and 6 Injured in Clan Disputes in Gaza and Rafah

A resident of Beach Camp in Gaza City died from injuries sustained last week during a clan dispute and 6 citizens were injured in Rafah in another clan dispute this morning.

PCHR's initial investigation indicates that Palestinian medical sources announced the death of Mahmoud Omar Zeidan, a 27-year-old resident of Beach Camp, on Wednesday, 3 May 2006.  He died from multiple gunshot wounds sustained on Wednesday, 26 April 2006, during a dispute between his clan and neighbors in the refugee camp.  Due to the severity of the injuries, Zeidan was transferred for treatment in an Israeli hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

And in Rafah, PCHR's initial investigation indicates that at 2:00 on Thursday, 4 May 2006, a fist fight between members of Abu Obeid and El-Najjar clans, in Yebna refugee camp in Rafah, escalated into armed clashes using firearms and locally-manufactured grenades.  Six citizens from both families were injured, including two who sustained shrapnel injuries.  They were taken to Abu Yousef El-Najjar Hospital for treatment.  It is noted that the problem started with a fistfight that had taken place at 23:00 on Wednesday, 3 May 2006.

PCHR is gravely concerned over the continuation of internal violence, including the use of arms in personal and clan disputes that are a feature of the ongoing security chaos.  The Centre calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice.



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