PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 14:20 on Sunday, 9 July 2006, an intra-clan clash erupted between members of the Hamad clan in Nuseirat refugee camp. The clash escalated and firearms were used. Nine people were injured during the clash; and 2 died of their wounds later. Seven of the injured were taken to Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital; and the other 2 were taken toShifa Hospital in Gaza City:
Neighbors of the feuding clan indicated that the clash erupted over the distribution of inheritance between cousins.
At approximately 1:00 on Monday, 10 July 2006, an intra-clan clash erupted between members of the Abu Libda clan in the town of Bani Suheila, east of Khan Yunis. The clash was a rekindling of an old dispute within the clan. Firearms and home made bombs were used in the clash. Three people were injured:
The first 2 were taken to Naser Hospital and the third to the European Hospital for treatment.
PCHR is extremely worried over the continued security chaos that includes the use of arms in personal and clan disputes. The Centre strongly condemns these crimes that are taking place at a critical time for the Palestinian people in light of the Israeli military operation against the Gaza Strip. The Centre calls upon the PNA, represented by the Attorney-General, to investigate these incidents and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) is an independent legal body based in Gaza City dedicated to protecting human rights, promoting the rule of law and upholding democratic principles in the Occupied Palestinian Territory. It holds Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations and is an affiliate of the International Commission of Jurists, the Fédération Internationale des Ligues des Droits de l’Homme (FIDH), and the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network. PCHR is a recipient of the 1996 French Republic Award for Human Rights.