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Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Clashes between Armed Groups and Security Forces

Field Update

11 May 2006

 

4 Citizens Injured by Gunmen in the Northern Gaza Strip

Two brothers of a senior member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades were injured by shots fired by unknown gunmen in the Saftawi area, west of Jabalia.  They were injured while on their way to their brother’s house in the Towam area.  In response to the incident, the victims' brother shot two Hamas members in the northern Gaza Strip.

PCHR's initial investigation indicates that at approximately 02:45 on Thursday, 11 May 2006, unknown gunmen fired at Basem Ibrahim El-Madhoun (33) and his brother Rafat (22), who are from Beit Lahya.  At the time, they were traveling in a car in the Saftawi area and were heading to their brother’s house located in the Towam area, west of Jabalia.  As a result of the shooting, Basem was injured by two bullets to the back and Rafat was injured by three bullets to the right hand.  The vehicle in which Basem and Rafat (both members of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades) were traveling belongs to their brother Samieh (31), a senior member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades in the northern Gaza Strip.

In a related development, at approximately 08:30 on the same day, Samieh El-Madhoun fired at a Hamas member, Ali Hasan Salim Rajab (a 28-year-old resident of Beit Lahya), while Rajab was working in the Sirdah Fuel Station in Jabalia refugee camp.  Rajab was injured by bullets to both legs.  He was taken to Kamal Odwan Hospital for treatment and from there to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

And at approximately 14:00 on the same day, Samieh El-Madhoun fired at Ghazi Mohammad Eleyan, a 35-year-old resident of Beit Lahya.  Eleyan is a Hamas activist and he was injured by bullets to both legs.  He was taken to Kamal Odwan Hospital for treatment.

 

PCHR is gravely concerned over the escalating internal violence and use of weapons by armed groups and individuals, which are further aggravating 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 incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice.

 

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