Con­cern over rise of blades

FNC mem­bers de­bate street gang fights us­ing knives and swords

7 Days in Dubai - - NEWS - By Is­mail Se­bug­waawo @is­mailsebu is­mail@7days.ae

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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