|Palestinian gunmen rampage through Gaza medical centre
Published: 1 July 2005
Briefing Number 147
|Summary: This Briefing describes
a recent rampage by 70 Palestinian gunmen through a medical
centre in the Gaza Strip, and pinpoints key messages.
On 15 June, scores of unidentified Palestinian gunmen went
on the rampage inside a medical centre in the Gaza Strip, destroying
furniture, computers and other equipment (source: Jerusalem
Post, 17 June 2005). The medical centre is run by Jalilah Dahlan,
wife of Palestinian Authority Civil Affairs Minister Muhammed
Dahlan. Dahlan has clashed in the past with senior Palestinian
security figures in the Gaza Strip, and commentators speculated
that the attack may have been linked to those tensions.
Jalilah Dahlan commented: “This attack reflects a state
of anarchy and lawlessness which endangers the lives of people….
About 70 gunmen raided the hospital, shooting in the air and
destroying everything in their way….”
Dozens of hospital workers and political activists staged a
demonstration outside the medical centre the day after the attack,
to demand that PA security forces take real steps to end the
chaos in the Gaza Strip.
This episode epitomises the lawlessness and anarchy prevalent
in the Gaza strip, from which Israel is due to pullout completely
in a matter of weeks.
It also demonstrates the disregard shown by armed Palestinians
groups for the basic humanitarian needs of their fellow Palestinians.