Palestinian crime rises 50 percent

Report: 27 women murdered in "honor killings" in Gaza Strip and West Bank over the past year.

gaza women 298.88 (photo credit: AP)
gaza women 298.88
(photo credit: AP)
The state of anarchy and lawlessness in the West Bank and Gaza Strip has claimed the lives of more than 300 Palestinians since the beginning of 2006, according to statistics published Monday by the Palestinian Independent Commission for Citizens' Rights. According to the figures, 332 Palestinians were killed in Palestinian Authority-controlled areas in the first 11 months of 2006 - a 50 percent increase compared to last year. Most of this year's victims were from the Gaza Strip (236). In 2005, 176 Palestinians were killed in internal disputes and crime, while 93 were killed in 2004. Regarding this year's victims, the group said 41 murders were politically motivated and 88 were due to clan feuds. The remaining victims were killed under various circumstances ranging from armed robbery to personal vengeance and misuse of weapons. An average of 26 Palestinians died each month in internal disputes and crime this year, as opposed to a monthly average of 15 in 2005, the group said. The number of Palestinian women slain by relatives in "honor killings" slightly increased in 2006, with 27 cases reported so far, compared to 26 last year. Palestinian children have also fallen victim to the anarchy and lawlessness, the group said. In the first 11 months of 2006, 33 children were killed, up from 28 last year. The group noted that 95% of the killings were carried out by gunfire or explosives. The group also documented dozens of assaults on various institutions, including courts, universities and colleges, municipalities and media organizations.