Arab Israeli man shot dead on northern highway in apparent gangland hit

An Arab Israeli man has been shot dead on a northern highway, in an apparent gangland hit.

The victim is identified as a resident of Nahf in his 30s who Hebrew media reports say served as a “money man” for the Abu Latif crime family.

He is the latest member of Israel’s Arab community to be killed in a violent crime surge that has seen homicides surge to record levels in 2023.

According to police, the man was critically wounded by gunfire from a passing vehicle while driving near the Meggido interchange. Paramedics took him to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Police announce an investigation into the shooting and dispatch officers to the scene to search for suspects.

According to the Abraham Initiatives, an anti-violence advocacy group, his death brings to 159 the number of Arabs violently killed in Israel since the start of the year, the vast majority of them in shootings. During the same period in 2022, 72 members of the community died in homicides.

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