Director of Qalansawe Municipality shot, seriously wounded

The director-general of the Qalansawe Municipality in central Israel, Ashraf Khatib, has been seriously wounded by gunshots sustained while he was in his car.

Magen David Adom paramedics take the 46-year-old Khatib to Beilinson hospital, sedated and on a respirator.

Police say they have opened an investigation and are probing the background of the incident.

Interior Minister Aryeh Deri speaks with Qalansawe Mayor Abdel Basset al-Salama, calling the incident an “attempted assassination.”

He says the incident constitutes the “crossing of a red line” and vows to step up the fight against rampant criminal violence in the Arab Israeli community.