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Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Attacking Public Institutions and Officials

Field Update

9 May 2006

 

2 Explosive Charges Detonated near the Houses of a Lawyer in Beit Hanoun and a Security Officer in Beit Lahya

In two incidents which took place over the past two days, unidentified assailants detonated two explosive charges near the house of a lawyer in Beit Hanoun and a Preventive Security officer in Beit Lahya.  No injuries were reported.

PCHR's initial investigation indicates that at approximately 04:00 on Tuesday, 9 May 2006, unidentified assailants detonated an explosive charge near the house of Khaled Mohammad Hammad, 41, a captain in the Preventive Security Apparatus.  The house door was damaged in the explosion but no injuries were reported.

And at approximately 03:00 on Monday, 8 May 2006, unidentified assailants detonated an explosive charge near the office of the lawyer Eyad Yousef Ashour, 31, in central Beit Hanoun.  The door of the office, located on the first floor of Ashour's house, was damaged but no injuries were reported.

It is noted that according to police investigations, the explosives used in the attack were plastic explosives, and both incidents took place around the same time, at approximately 03:00 in the morning. 

In similar events last week, two explosive charges were detonated near the homes of Preventive Security officers in Jabalia refugee camp.  One explosive was detonated near the house of Shadi Sobhi Mas'ood (28) on 3 May.  The other was detonated near the house of Ra'ed Mohammad Naser (33) on 4 May 2006.  No injuries were reported in these two incidents.  The motives behind the attacks remain unclear.

PCHR strongly condemns these attacks, which point to the continued 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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