Security Chaos

Armed Personal and Clan Clashes

Field Update

16 September 2007


2 Injured in Deir El-Balah and Executive Force Member Dies of Wounds in Armed Clan Clashes

PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 17:30 on Saturday, 15 September 2007, a clash erupted between El-Buheisi and Abu Shehada clans in Deir El-Balah. The clash escalated into an armed clash, leading to the injury of 2 persons:

-         Mahmoud Abbas El-Buheisi (45)

-         Kamal Odeh Abu Shehada (27), a member of the Executive Force

Both were injured by bullets in the feet, and were taken to Al-Aqsa Martys Hospital in Deir El-Balah for treatment. El-Buheisi was transferred to the European Hospital in Khan Yunis due to the severity of his injury. The clash was a continuation of a fist fight that broke out between members of the two clan on Friday, 14 September 2007, over leading prayers in Bilal Bin Rabah Mosque in Deir El-Balah.

In another incident, the European Hospital announced on Sunday, 16 September 2007, the death of Nidal Khader El-Ashra (24) from Khan Yunis. He was a member of the Executive Force, and died of wounds sustained during an arrest operation during a clash between members of El-Majayda clan in Khan Yunis[1].

PCHR is extremely concerned by the continued falling of victims by the use of weapons in personal and clan clashes. The Centre reiterates the call to the PNA, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these crimes and prosecute the perpetrators.



[1] For more information, please refer to PCHR’s security chaos update on 2 September 2007.




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