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15-year-old shot, moderately hurt as teens play with gun in northern Arab town

2 other teenagers arrested in connection with incident in Daburiyya; teen taken to hospital for treatment after suffering gunshot wound to lower body

View of the Arab village of Daburiyya as seen from Mount Tabor, on July 27, 2019. (Mila Aviv/Flash90)
View of the Arab village of Daburiyya as seen from Mount Tabor, on July 27, 2019. (Mila Aviv/Flash90)

A 15-year-old boy was moderately injured by gunfire on Friday night, in what police suspect was the discharge of a weapon during a game.

Th incident took place in the Arab town of Daburiyya in northern Israel.

The boy received medical treatment on the scene for a gunshot wound to his lower body, before he was taken to hospital for further care.

Police said they opened an investigation into the incident and two other teenagers were detained on suspicion of participating in the game.

The statement did not clarify any potential charges, but said the two would appear in court for a remand hearing on Saturday.

Police did not stay if the weapon was legally registered — according to a 2020 Knesset report, some 400,000 illegal weapons are circulating in Israel, the vast majority in Arab communities.

Friday’s incident came amid rising violence in Arab communities in Israel: gang assassinations in broad daylight, gunfire at the homes of local mayors, and thousands of illegal, easily accessible guns.

An Arab Israeli man was gunned down on Thursday in a drive-by shooting in Deir Hanna in Israel’s north.

According to the Abraham Initiatives organization, Jihad Hammoud was the 99th Arab to be killed in Israel in a violent crime since the start of 2021, and the 84th Arab Israeli citizen.

Jihad Hammoud, who was killed in Deir Hanna, on October 14, 2021. (Courtesy)

Among the 99 incidents, 82 were gun deaths, according to the group, 48 of them involved the killing of someone under age 30, and 86 of those killed were men.

The exact figures are somewhat disputed by various media reports. Last year, 96 Arab Israelis were killed in communal violence, according to the Abraham Initiatives.

Both government officials and civil society experts say the violence is the fruit of decades of state neglect.

Over half of Arab Israelis live under the poverty line. Their towns and cities often have crumbling infrastructure, poor public services and few job prospects, leading some young people to collaborate with organized crime.

 

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