Security Chaos and Proliferation of Weapons

Misuse of Weapons by Armed Groups or Security Personnel

Field Update

9 January 2007


One Person Killed in Nablus and Many Stores Damaged in Ramallah and al-Bireh

On Monday, 8 January 2007, a Palestinian was killed as a result of the misuse of weapons in Nablus, and 22 stores were damaged in Ramallah and al-Bireh when unknown gunmen opened fire at them.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 14:45 on Monday, 8 January 2007, Fadi Hussam Hassiba, 21, from Nablus, was seriously wounded by a live bullet to the head unleashed from a pistol he was cheking when he was in a shop owned by his father in the old town of Nablus. He was evacuated to Rafidya Hospital, but he died from his wound.

In the early morning of Monday, unknown gunmen opened fire at 22 stores in Ramallah and al-Bireh. Those stores were severely damaged. According to eyewitnesses, at least 5 gunmen in a car traveling in al-Irsal and al-Quds streets in the center of Ramallah opened fire at several stores in the area.

PCHR is gravely concerned for the increasing number of casualties resulting from the misuse of weapons. PCHR reiterates its call for the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate such attacks and to bring the perpetrators to justice.