Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons
Conflicts among Armed Groups or with Security Services
8 October 2006
A Member of the Executive Force Dies from a Previous Injury and 14 Persons Injured in Separate Incidents
In the past 3 days, 14 persons were injured in incidents of shooting and armed clashes in Rafah, Khan Yunis, Beit Lahia and Jabalya, and a member of the Executive Force of the Ministry of Interior died from an injury he had sustained earlier in clashes between the force and members of Fatah movement.
According to investigations conducted by PCHR:
At approximately 20:40 on Saturday, 7 October 2006, an armed clash erupted between the Executive Force of the Ministry of Interior and members of the Baker family near Abu Hassira Square adjacent to Shifa Hospital in Gaza City. As a result, 6 members of the Baker family were wounded:
1) ‘Abdul Ra’ouf Mohammed Baker, 20, wounded by a live bullet to the back;
2) Fadi Khamis Baker, 49, wounded by shrapnel to the head;
3) Khamis Nember Baker, 49, wounded by a live bullet to the left foot;
4) ‘Emad Fakhri Baker, 30, wounded by shrapnel to the head;
5) Talal Akram Baker, 17, wounded by shrapnel to the left hand; and
6) Bahjat Khalil Baker, 38, wounded by shrapnel to the head.
The clashes broke out between the two sides when armed members of the Baker family went to Shifa Hospital to check whether the body of a relative of them was brought to the hospital. Ghasoub Darwish Baker, 46, had been killed by sharp tools, and Tayseer Hashem Ghanem, 60, was injured, when unknown persons attacked them in al-Mawasi area in Rafah.
At approximately 14:00 on Thursday, 5 October 2006, an unknown person threw a home-made hand grenade at a number of members of the Executive Force, who were guarding Tal al-Sultan Hospital in the west of Rafah. As a result, a member of the Executive Force and 3 workers at the hospital were injured:
1) Yahia Suleiman al-Qadhi, 25, a member of the Executive Force, injured by shrapnel to the back;
2) Mahmoud ‘Abdul Fattah al-Haj Yousef, 52, injured by shrapnel to the abdomen and the right leg;
3) Shadi Fathi Barhoum, 21, injured by shrapnel to the back; and
4) ‘Abdul Salam al-Sayed Dib, 24, injured by shrapnel to the head.
At approximately 19:30 on Thursday, 5 October 2006, a number of masked gunmen fired at Akram Saber Arab, 30, when he was in front of his house in Beit Lahia. He was wounded by several live bullets to the legs.
At approximately 21:15 also on Thursday, a number of gunmen intercepted a car, in which Ghassan al-Bis, 30, was traveling in Sha’sha’a area in the east of Jabalya refugee camp. They forced him out and fired several live bullets at his legs. Al-Bis is a member of Fatah movement.
At approximately 21:45 on the same day, a number of masked gunmen intercepted a car, in which Haidar al-Masri, 37, a member of the Palestinian Naval Police, was traveling near al-Rabat Mosque in Beit Lahia. They forced him out of the car and fired at his feet. Al-Masri is a member of Fatah movement.
Five minutes later, a number of masked gunmen intercepted Sameer Nafez al-Malfouh, 28, when he was on his way back home in Beit Lahia. They fired at him, wounding him with several live bullets to the feet.
Also on Thursday, medical sources at Shifa Hospital in Gaza City declared that Ussama Ahmed al-Shiekh ‘Eid, 24, a member of the Executive Force, died from an injury he had sustained on Monday, 2 October 2006. Al-Sheikh ‘Eid was injured by a live bullet to the abdomen during clashes between the Executive Force and members of Fatah movement, which left dead two civilians and injured 25 others.
PCHR is gravely concerned over the continued misuse of weapons by armed individuals and groups, which constitutes a continuation of the security chaos in the OPT. PCHR calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney General, to investigate these crimes and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
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