Monday, April 12, 2010

Gaza: Gaza government obligated to control use of small arms

Source: Al Mezan Center for Human Rights - Internal attacks in Gaza are on the rise again. According to Al Mezan Centre for Human Rights, two incidents of misuse of weapon have been documented in three days; one person was killed and one person was injured.

At app. 6pm on Saturday 10 April 2010, Suhaib Ismail Barbakh,18, who lives in Khan Younis died in a family feud between the Barbakh and Al Akhras families. Suhaib Ismail Barbakh was shot in the abdomen while he was in the Al Uroba street in the Al Jnina neighborhood in Rafah. His body was admitted to Abu Yousif An-Najar Hospital. One of the offenders handed himself over to the police. Police started investigations and arrested several persons from the Al Akhras family.

In a separate incident, at app. 11am on Wednesday 7 April 2010, armed man open fire on Abdel Nasir Abdel Rahman Hmed, 46. As a result, he was injured by a bullet in the right leg. According to medical sources at Shifa Hospital, his injuries are described as moderate.

According to Al Mezan's field investigations, the two feuds are personal and family- related, but the weapons which were used were factions-owned weapons. These kind of incidents raises concerns and remind the public of previous similar incidents where small arms from Palestinian security apparatus and resistance weapons were used.

Al Mezan calls on the Gaza Government to act upon its obligations and to initiate prompt, effective investigations into these incidents; particularly those involving the use of small arms in such attacks, and in family feuds, and to prosecute the perpetrators of such criminal acts without delay. It also calls on the Palestinian resistance and political parties to ensure that small arms are not used in family disputes or crimes, regardless of the political or factional affiliation of those who use them.

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