3 killed Friday night in separate shootings around northern Israel

Killings bring number of suspected murder victims over past day to 6; police said to believe one man was killed as part of vendetta

Illustrative: Police in Tel Aviv, on May 1, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Illustrative: Police in Tel Aviv, on May 1, 2021. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Three men in northern Israel were shot dead within hours of each other Friday night, bringing the number of people killed in suspected murders over the past day to six.

In Kafr Qara, a 37-year-old man was fatally shot outside his home.

According to Hebrew media reports, police suspect he was killed as part of a vendetta for his involvement in a 2020 incident in which a 79-year-old man died after being run over in a Bedouin community in southern Israel.

He was reportedly banished over the incident to Kafr Qara, where two suspects are believed to have killed him.

Also Friday, a 25-year-old from the town of Nahf was shot dead. He was later identified as Ziad Ayoub.

Citing the Abraham Initiatives nonprofit, the Haaretz daily said he was the 44th person in Israel’s Arab community to be killed in a homicide this year.

Earlier in the evening, a 42-year-old man was killed in Kiryat Ata. Reports said the man was known to police, suggesting it was criminal-related.

The three shootings came after a 24-year-old man was stabbed to death in the southern coastal city of Ashkelon earlier in the day. Police opened an investigation and were searching for suspects.

Late Thursday, brothers Mohammed and Ali Fakhouri from Nazareth were found shot dead in a car. Police called the incident a “suspected double murder.”

Arab communities have seen a surge in violence in recent years. Many blame the police, who they say have failed to crack down on powerful criminal organizations and largely ignore the violence, which includes family feuds, mafia turf wars, and violence against women.

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