I’ve been away for, what, five days, and look what they get up to:
Palestinian Centre for Human Rights
20 August 2006
One Palestinian was killed and four others were injured on Friday, 18 August 2006, in three incidents of armed personal and clan clashes in Rafah and Khan Yunis.
PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 18:30 shots were fired during a clash between members of Zannoun clan near the UNRWA clinic in Rafah. The shooting resulted in the death of Ismail Khalil Qishta (19). He was killed by a bullet to the abdomen by mistake as he was sitting in front of the house of his friend, Ra’ed Abdel Hakim Zannoun (22). Ra’ed was moderately injured by a bullet in the left hand. In addition, Ramzi Awad Zannoun (24) was moderately injured by a bullet in the left thigh. The victims were taken to Mohammad Yousef El-Najjar Hospital. Qishta was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.
At approximately 20:00, Ahmad Zuheir Osrof, a 22-year old resident of Khan Yunis, was admitted to Naser Hospital in the city. He was moderately injured by two bullets in the legs. A gunman fired the bullets at Osrof during a dispute between them on the Khan Yunis beach.
And at approximately 22:00, a dispute between members of El-Shawwaf clan in Greater Abasan, east of Khan Yunis, escalated into an armed clash. Three members of the clan were moderately injured during the exchange of fire. They were taken to Naser Hospital for treatment.
The UNRWA clinic was a nice touch. Big help, as usual.
But we’re just getting started.
20 August 2006
Four Palestinians were killed over the past two days in Jenin and the town of Kufr Laqif, near Qalqilya, in incidents of misuse of weapons.
PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 03:00 on Friday, 18 August 2006, a large explosion was heard in the Marj Bin Amer Park and Swimming Pool, owned by the Yassin family from Deir Abu Da’if, northeast of Jenin. Ambulances arrived at the scene and transported the torn bodies of 3 Palestinians to Khalil Suliman Hospital in Jenin….
It is noted that the three were agricultural engineers. It is believed that they were preparing an explosive device. They were members of Izzedeen El-Qassam Battalions, the armed wing of Hamas….
The Centre calls upon the Palestinian National Authority, represented by the Attorney-General, to seriously investigate these incidents and to bring the perpetrators to justice.
Sounds like they’ve already been brought to justice. Ah well, onward and downward with another “agricultural engineer”:
17 August 2006
Yesterday evening a Palestinian was killed and 6 others were injured, including 6 children, in three incidents of misuse of weapons in the El-Bureij refugee camp, Zaitoon Quarter in Gaza City, and the village of Yasid near Nablus. One of the injured is in coma.
PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 19:00 on Wednesday, 16 August 2006, an explosion rocked Zaitoon Quarter in Gaza City. The explosion was in a 3-story house belonging to a Hamas activist near El-Farouq mosque. The explosion killed Wa’el Dawoud Abu Sultan, a 27-year old resident of Rimal Quarter in Gaza City. He was an activist in Izzedeen El-Qassam Battalions, the Hamas armed wing. He was inside the house at the time of the explosion. In addition, three others who were inside the house were also injured. Eyewitnesses stated that the explosion causes extensive damages to the walls and contents in the first floor of the house. The explosion was caused by mishandling explosive materials inside the house.
It is noted that Izzedeen El-Qassam Battalions distributed a leaflet in Gaza City mourning Abu Sultan and stating that he is one of their activists. The statement indicated that he died of a mysterious explosion.
Another explosion was reported in a house in El-Bureij refugee camp without causing any injuries. At approximately 05:00 on Wednesday, 16 August 2006, an explosion rocked the house belonging to Mohammad Abdallah Ibrahim El-Shaf’i (31). The house sustained partial damages; but no injuries were reported. Palestinian Police indicated that the explosion was caused by the detonation of a small explosive device in the house.
At approximately 23:45 on the same day, a gunman fired a rifle during the wedding celebration of Husam Thieb As’ad Mashaqi in the village of Yasid, near Nablus. Three children were injured.
I sense a sequal to “The Wedding Crashers” on the horizon. If there is one place more dangerous for children than a Palestinian wedding, it is a Palestinian wedding in Khan Yunis:
17 August 2006
Yesterday evening a Palestinian child was killed and four were injured in armed clashes between members of Fatah on one hand and the Palestinian Ministry of Interior Executive Force and Hamas activists on the other. The clashes took place in the town of Greater Abasan to the east of Khan Yunis.
PCHR’s preliminary investigation indicates that at approximately 17:30 on Wednesday, 16 August 2006, a dispute broke out between Fatah members from Qudeih clan on the one hand and members of the Executive Force and Hamas activists on the other. The latter were deployed in the vicinity of the house of mourning of Motasim Qudeih, an activist in Al-Quds Battalions (the armed wing of Islmic Jihad), who was killed in clashes with Israeli forces. The Executive Force was deployed to secure the area, near El-Nour Mosque in Greater Abasan, in preparation for the arrival of Prime Minister Ismail Haniyya to give his condolences. Haniyya was scheduled to arrive after giving condolences to the Sha’ath clan, who had two members killed by Israeli forces in Khan Yunis.
The verbal dispute escalated into armed clashes. The child Suliman Yunis Suliman Abu Naser (14) was hit by a bullet in the abdomen. He was taken to Naser Hospital where he died shortly after arrival. Four others were injured.
And while Khan Yunis may be the armpit of the earth, East Jerusalem isn’t exactly Eden either:
The Shin Bet security service announced Saturday that it had apprehended a Palestinian youth, a resident of the West Bank village of Kabatiya south of Jenin, who confessed to the stabbing death of an Italian tourist in Jerusalem last Thursday.
The suspect, linked with the Islamic Jihad organization, was arrested in a joint operation by the Shin Bet and Jerusalem police.
The foreign ministry in Rome has identified the victim as a 25-year-old Italian, Angelo Frammartino, who had travelled to Israel last week to do volunteer work.
The victim was stabbed while walking with three or four other tourists on Salah a-Din street in East Jerusalem. When they reached the Flower Gate to the Old City, the assailant stabbed Frammartino in the back, and then fled the scene.
What, did he think he was Jewish? If he was walking with friends, he was doubtless speaking Italian. Doesn’t sound a thing like Hebrew.