Palestinian Centre for Human Rights


Security Chaos and Proliferation of Small Arms

Use of Weapons in Personal and Family Disputes

Field Update

25 May 2006


A Citizen Killed and Another Wounded in Two Separate Personal Disputes

In a continuation of internal violence and the use of weapons in personal and family disputes, a citizen was killed in Hebron and another was injured in Rafah. 


According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 21:00 on Tuesday, 23 May 2006, a number of gunmen stormed into an internet café in Dura village in Hebron.  They violently beat a member of the al-‘Awawda family in the café for previous personal differences between the families.  When a number of members of the al’Awawda family intervened to defend their relative, one of the gunmen shot dead Murad Salem Isma’il al-‘Awawda, 28, with three live bullets to the abdomen. 


At approximately 23:10 on Wednesday, 24 May 2006, Mukhtar Saleh al-Babli, 19, was wounded by two live bullets to the neck and the chest, fired from a gun held by his brother Wa’el, 27, a member of the Preventive Security Service, during a quarrel between the two in the Tal al-Sultan neighborhood, west of Rafah, where they both live.  He was evacuated to Martyr Mohammed Yousef al-Najjar Hospital in the town.  Medical sources described his injuries as moderate. 

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



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