26-year-old Rahat man killed in shooting linked to family dispute, police say

Victim identified as Yasin Darawasha Abu Zaid, 26; police arrest three relatives suspected of killing him due to an argument over property

Police at the scene of a shooting incident in the Bedouin city of Rahat in southern Israel on November 30, 2022. (Israel Police)
Police at the scene of a shooting incident in the Bedouin city of Rahat in southern Israel on November 30, 2022. (Israel Police)

A man was shot to death in the Bedouin city of Rahat early Wednesday in an incident police said was motivated by a family property dispute.

The victim was identified by Hebrew-language media as Yasin Darawasha Abu Zaid, 26, a Rahat resident.

Police received reports of a shooting incident on Al Hajara Street in the southern city at around 2 a.m.

Abu Zaid was found in critical condition and taken to Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba, where he succumbed to his wounds.

Police have launched an investigation into the incident.

The initial investigation has found that Abu Zaid’s death was related to an ongoing land dispute between family members, police said, without providing additional information.

Later on Wednesday, police said they arrested three individuals suspected of involvement in the incident.

The suspects, residents of Rahat in their 20s, were relatives of Abu Zaid.

Arab communities have seen a surge in violence in recent years, amid a rise in organized crime and the proliferation of illegal weapons.

Many blame the police force, which is accused of failing to effectively crack down on powerful criminal organizations and family feuds.

According to the Abraham Initiatives, which tracks violence in the Arab community, 104 Arabs have been killed in crime-related incidents in Israel since the beginning of the year, of whom 100 held citizenship.

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