The number of people killed in crimes in occupied Palestinian territories (oPt) has increased exponentially in 2006 compared to the previous years, according to statistics released Wednesday by the Ramallah-based Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens’ Rights (PICCR
). “This year has witnessed a significant rise in the number of insecurity victims,” said Ma’moun Iteily of the PICCR
’s department which documents cases of insecurity and human rights violations. According to the PICCR
statistics, 270 people were killed in the oPt by 10 October. By contrast, 93 people were killed in 2004 and 176 in 2005.