Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Attacking Public Institutions and Officials

Field Update

11 May 2006


Explosive Charge Detonated near a Security Officer's House in Jabalia

Unidentified assailants detonated an explosive charge placed on the door of a Preventive Security Officer in the Tal E'Za'tar Neighborhood of Jabalia.  No injuries were reported.

PCHR's initial investigation indicates that at 02:45 on Thursday, 11 May 2006, unidentified assailants detonated an explosive charge on the door of the house belonging to Abdel Hai Mohammad Qarmout, a 28-year-old resident of the Tal E'Za'tar neighborhood in Jabalia, who works as a First Lieutenant in the Preventive Security Apparatus.  The explosion did not cause any injuries but damaged the house door, walls, and windows.  In addition, a neighboring house was damaged and a car was destroyed.

It is noted that this is the fifth explosion of its kind in the Jabalia area, targeting mostly security officers in the Preventive Security Apparatus.  The circumstances of the five explosions were very similar.  All took place in the pre-dawn hours; all explosive charges were put at the entrances to the houses; and no injuries were reported.  In all incidents, the motives remain unclear.

PCHR strongly condemns this attack, which is part of the security chaos currently plaguing 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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