A stun grenade was thrown at the house of Israeli crime boss Yossi Musli and two of his vehicles were set on fire early Sunday after police notified him he was being targeted by another crime family.
No injuries were reported in the incident, which took place in the upscale town of Savyon in central Israel.
A source close to the Musli family that was cited by Channel 12 said the incident was likely related to an ongoing dispute between Musli and other crime families in the area.
Over the weekend, the news outlet reported that Musli was among several notable Israeli criminals recently told by police they were being targeted by other criminals.
According to the report, Musli has recently had a falling out with an Arab Israeli crime family over a NIS 50 million debt — making him and his family a target.
Specifically, the underworld kingpin is believed to be in a dispute with Odeh Kuthair, whose crime syndicate mostly operates in the northern Arab city of Umm al-Fahm.
Kuthair, who was once considered a close friend of Musli, was arrested last year with over 20 other suspects who were believed to be associated with Musli’s organization.
Musli himself is currently in custody for allegedly extorting two businessmen in South Africa, where he had been staying since Kuthair’s arrest last year.
In a separate incident last week, an Israeli criminal described by South African media as Israel’s “most wanted gang leader” was arrested near Johannesburg. The suspect was identified as notorious fugitive Yaniv Ben Simon, a close associate of jailed crime boss Yitzhak Abergil. Simon was allegedly involved in attempted hits on rivals of the Abergil syndicate in two separate incidents in 2003 and 2004.
According to some experts, South Africa has become a popular destination for international criminals in recent years due to ineffective intelligence gathering and enforcement.
Tobias Siegal contributed to this report.