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25-year-old man gunned down in front of his home in Taybeh

Victim sprayed with 11 bullets while getting out of his car; Arab Israeli community has seen a record of at least 117 homicides this year

Illustrative: A police vehicle at a crime scene in Netanya, October 14, 2018. (Flash90)
Illustrative: A police vehicle at a crime scene in Netanya, October 14, 2018. (Flash90)

A 25-year-old man was gunned down in the Arab Israeli city of Taybeh during the pre-dawn hours of Friday morning.

He was pronounced dead at Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba.

An initial investigation found that 11 bullets had been fired at the man as he got out of his vehicle in front of his home, the Ynet news site reported.

Police were sweeping the area for evidence and opened an investigation.

Taybeh is a city in the so-called “Triangle,” an Arab-majority area that abuts the northern West Bank. There is a separate town also called Taybeh inside the West Bank.

Arab communities have seen a surge in violence in recent years, driven mainly, but not only, by organized crime.

Since the beginning of the year, at least 117 Arab Israelis have died in suspected homicides, by far an all-time record. Of those killed, 98 were Arab citizens of Israel and 19 were Palestinians.

A killing in Umm al-Fahm earlier this month set off a spasm of violence that included large volleys of gunfire and multiple buildings that were set aflame, apparently in revenge for the suspected murder.

Arab Israelis say police have failed to crack down on powerful criminal organizations and have largely ignored the violence, which includes family feuds, mafia turf wars and violence against women.

The new government has vowed to tackle the problem. In August, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that violence and crime in Arab Israeli communities was a “national calamity.”

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