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Ref: 33/2016 

On Wednesday, 29 June 2016, 3 civilians were killed and others were wounded, 5 of whom are in serious condition, after being shot during a family dispute in Ya’bud village in Jenin.  In a separate incident, unknown gunmen killed on the same day as well two security officers and wounded 3 civilians, including a woman, in Nablus.  The Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR) is strongly concerned over the two incidents and calls upon the Attorney General to open an investigation and reveal the circumstances.  PCHR also calls upon the Palestinian Authority to take all necessary measures to end the state of security chaos and proliferation of weapons prevailing in the occupied Palestinian territory (oPt) and maintain the lives of Palestinian civilians in accordance with the relevant international conventions and standards.

According to PCHR’s investigations, at approximately 19:30 on Wednesday, 29 June 2016 and only minutes the Iftar time, the dispute between the families of Qabha and al-‘Amarnah that erupted on Tuesday, 28 June 2016, renewed in al-Sha’ra area in Ya’bud village in Jenin.  The dispute developed into a clash with weapons, sharp tools and stones.  As a result, 3 civilians were killed and identified as Muhanned Hamzah Rashid Qabha (35), who was hit with two bullets to the chest; Mahmoud Ahmed Rayhan Qabha (52), who was hit with a bullet to the chest and Ahmed Hussein Qabha (24) who was hit with 3 bullets to the chest and taken to the Hospital but later succumbed to his wounds.

During the incident, many others were wounded due to being hit with bullets or sharp tools.  According to the medical sources, the wounded persons in serious condition were identified as:

  1. Sa’id Mohammed Sa’id Qabha (56) sustained a bullet wound to the neck;
  2. Rabi’a ‘Omer Mohammed Qabha sustained a bullet wound to the abdomen;
  3. Mohammed Bassam Sharif Qabha (30) sustained a bullet wound to the chest;
  4. Ashraf Saleh Wajih ‘Amarnah (37) sustained a bullet wound to the head and is clinically dead.
  5. Mohammed Wajih ‘Amarnah sustained wounds due to being hit with a sharp tool to the head and back.

The dispute then developed when outraged young men from Qabha family burnt four houses belonging to al-‘Amarnah family in the village.

Large forces of Palestinian security services arrived at the scene and imposed a curfew on the village until they controlled the situation and arrested 8 civilians from ‘Amarnah family in addition to confiscating the weapons.

In Nablus at approximately 21:00 on the same Wednesday, unknown gunmen opened fire at the Preventive Security officer, Fadi Jamal al-Shubeiri in al-Dahiyah neighborhood, southeast of Nablus and fled.  As a result of the shooting, wife of al-Shubeiri, Bayan al-Qouqa (20), was hit with a bullet to the back.  Security officers rushed to the scene and surrounded the targeted house.  When civilians and security officers gathered in the vicinity of the house, wanted gunmen opened fire at them and fled.  As a result, four persons were wounded, including 2 security officers.  All of them were then taken to Rafidia Hospital in Nablus, where the two security officers were later announced dead.  The security officers were identified as ‘Anan Mustafa al-Tabouq (31), a General Intelligence Sergeant from Nablus, who was hit with two bullets to the abdomen, and ‘Oday Ashraf al-Seifi (25), a National Security First Sergeant from Tal village, south of Nablus, who was hit with a bullet to the neck.  Meanwhile, the other two wounded persons were identified as Mohammed ‘Ata Kousa (23) from al-Dahiyah neighborhood in Nablus, who sustained shrapnel wounds to the head and ‘Omer Mohammed ‘Ashour (52) who was wounded with a bullet to his waist.

PCHR is deeply concerned over the recursion of incidents related to the proliferation of weapons prevailing in the oPt.  PCHR also calls upon the Attorney General to open an investigation into both incidents, bring perpetrators into justice and publish the investigation results in public.