Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Using Weapons in Personal and Clan Disputes

Field Update

30 March 2008



3 Palestinians, Including a Child, Killed and 10 Others Wounded in Kufor Thuluth Village near Qalqilya

On Friday afternoon, 28 March 2008, 3 Palestinians were killed and 10 others were wounded in Kufor Thuluth village, southeast of Qalilya, while a reconciliation meeting was being held.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR and a statement issued by the public relations department at the police of Qalqilya, at approximately 14:00 on Friday, a reconciliation meeting was held between the clans of Shawahna and Mara’ba at a secondary school in Kufor Thuluth village, to end a dispute between the two clans, which had taken the life of Eyad Qassem Mara’ba on 24 October 2008. After meeting the demands of the Mara’ba’s clan, including receiving an amount of 40,000 JD (approximately US$ 60,000), and signing an agreement between the two clans, a member of the Shawahna clan was fired it, which led to an exchange of fire between the two clans. As a result, 3 persons were killed:

1.      Kamal Qassem ‘Awadh Mara’ba, 45, hit by 6 gunshots to the chest, the back and the limbs;

2.      Mohammed ‘Awadh Qassem Mara’ba, 22, hit by 4 gunshots to the chest, the side and the leg; and

3.      Nour Sa’id ‘Ali Mara’ba, 13, hit by a gunshot to the head.

Additionally, another 10 persons were wounded.

PCHR is gravely concerned over the continuation of the use of weapons in personal and clan disputes, which is further aggravating the state of security chaos in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these crimes and bring the perpetrators to justice.



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