Man shot dead in Tel Sheva in apparent 4th murder of the day

Police at the scene of a fatal shooting in the southern town of Tel Sheva on May 3, 2023 (police)
Police at the scene of a fatal shooting in the southern town of Tel Sheva on May 3, 2023 (police)

A 26-year-old man is shot and killed in the southern town of Tel Sheva and a second man is critically wounded, police and medics say.

Police say they are investigating the incident and searching for suspects in the apparent fourth murder in less than a day as a deadly crime wave shows no signs of abating.

A man was shot dead in Nazareth, another man was fatally stabbed in Holon, and hours later another man was shot dead close to the city of Qalansawe in the center of the country.

The crime wave has been particularly deadly for the country’s Arab community. 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.

According to The Abraham Initiatives, a group that campaigns against violence, the Tel Sheva killing brings to 68 the number of members of the Arab community killed in violent circumstances since the beginning of the year. The watchdog says 58 of them were killed by gunfire.

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