Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Using Weapons in Personal and Clan Disputes

Field Update

14 May 2006


Citizen Killed during a Clan Dispute in Beit Hanoun

PCHR's initial investigation indicates that at approximately 19:00 on Friday, 12 May 2006, Baha' Rafiq Ashour (26) was killed by a bullet to the chest, fired by a member of the El-Kafarna clan near the victim's house in the El-Amal Quarter of Beit Hanoun.  The crime was committed against the backdrop of a verbal exchange, which had taken place between members of the Ashour and El-Kafarna clans in Beit Hanoun on the same evening.  The exchange took place after a woman from the Ashour clan suffered bruises after being hit by a car driven by a member of El-Kafarna clan.  The suspect in the shooting surrendered to the Palestinian Police, which has started an investigation into the incident.

PCHR is concerned about the continuation of internal violence, including the use of weapons in personal and clan disputes, which has become a prominent feature of the ongoing security chaos in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.  The Centre calls upon the PNA, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these attacks and to bring the perpetrators to justice.


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