Streets in the central Arab town of Kafr Qasim have turned into a film set for the latest installment of the Israeli action drama “Fauda,” leaving many residents irked by the sounds of explosions and gunfire.
A resident living “far from the filming location,” told Channel 13 news that it sounds “as if it is next to me.”
“My children are scared and unable to sleep or study,” he said.
The sounds of gunfire bothered some residents due to the surge in violence in Arab communities in recent years, driven largely by organized crime.
According to the Abraham Initiatives nonprofit, there have been 117 homicides in the Arab community this year, by far an all-time record. Of those killed, 98 were Arab citizens of Israel and 19 were Palestinians.
A majority of the apparent murders were committed with firearms, according to the organization.
Above: Filming of Fauda in Kfar Qasim.
Another resident said that those living close to the filming site are being compensated for the disturbance, and are not complaining.
The filming is being conducted within a residential neighborhood, in coordination between the Kafr Qasim municipality and the police, Channel 13 said.
The fourth season of “Fauda” — which means “chaos” in Arabic — will be filmed throughout Israel and in Ukraine.
With the upcoming fourth season, the show will become the country’s longest-running action series.
It was created by Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff, and launched in 2016 on Netflix.
Jessica Steinberg contributed to this report.