Concern over rise of blades
FNC members debate street gang fights using knives and swords
A recent spate of street fights involving knives and swords has been raised in the Federal National Council (FNC), with some members calling for stricter controls on the sale of blades.
The issue was debated at the chamber in Abu Dhabi yesterday when several members asked questions of Lt General HH Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior.
Hamad Al Rahoomi, an FNC member for Dubai, claimed there has been a rise in such attacks involving young men.
He told the chamber: “I’m particularly concerned by groups of young men attacking each other with knives and swords.
“Such fights among groups of young men have been rampant in various localities, especially residential areas or streets during recent years. How do these teens get these weapons? “Why are swords and knives made available to young children? Doesn’t the law prohibit shops from selling swords to young men? “There is a need for security officials to restrict the sale of these swords to teenagers.” Among the recent incidents include the killing of Adnan Abdul Majeed, 25, in the Al Warqa area of Dubai in March 2015. He was brutally slashed and stabbed
with small swords, while two friends had acid thrown in their faces. Five men are currently on trial before Judge Fahad Rashid Al Shamsi, accused of murder. In another case, Dubai Misdemeanours Court in December was told of a sword fight in Al Rigga between two Emiratis and a Comoros Island national and three Saudis.
The fight began after one man accidentally bumped into another in a supermarket.
Khalid bin Zayed, another FNC member for Dubai, said young people must be told it is unacceptable for carry weapons.
In response, Sheikh Saif said a great deal was being done to combat crime, adding that knife crime accounts for a fraction of all crimes.
He said: “The rate of crimes, such as youth fights using knives, has reduced significantly - it’s less than one per cent of total crimes in the country.
“This shows the tremendous efforts by police forces in fighting crimes and violence.
“The UAE is now ranked among the top ten crime-free countries in the world.”
Addressing the chamber in a later debate, Sheikh Saif also said the battle against drugs has shown significant results.
The Ministry of Interior has helped to thwart 240 international drug operations in which 24 tonnes of drugs were seized over the past three years.
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