Man found dead in his car, in third lethal shooting in three days

Incident in Baqa Al-Gharbiya brings to 72 the number of people killed in homicides in Arab community this year

A 37-year-old man from Baqa Al-Gharbiya was found shot dead in his car, August 28, 2022. (Police spokesperson)
A 37-year-old man from Baqa Al-Gharbiya was found shot dead in his car, August 28, 2022. (Police spokesperson)

A 37-year-old man was shot dead Sunday morning in the northern town of Baqa Al-Gharbiya.

According to a police statement, the man was killed while sitting in his vehicle in the car lot where he works washing cars.

The Magen David Adom ambulance service received a report of the shooting at 9:48 a.m.

The man was unconscious when paramedics arrived. They tried to revive the wounded man but were unable to do so, pronouncing him dead at the scene.

Police said they were launching an investigation. No arrests were immediately made.

It was the third consecutive shooting death in Arab Israeli communities in as many days, after a 52-year-old Lod resident was shot dead Friday and a 40-year-old Ramle resident was killed late Saturday night.

The incidents come amid a spate of crime-related shootings in the Arab community in the past few weeks.

A Magen David Adom (MDA) ambulance at the scene of a suspected murder in Ramle, August 27, 2022 in which a 40-year-old man was killed. (MDA)

Last weekend, four individuals were injured in shooting incidents across the country, including a 10-year-old boy hit by a stray bullet near the Arab town of Ein Mahil in northern Israel.

Arab communities across the country have seen a surge in violence in recent years. Many blame the police, whom they say have failed to crack down on powerful criminal organizations and largely ignore the violence, including family feuds, mafia turf wars and attacks on women.

According to the Abraham Initiatives, a group campaigning against violence in the Arab community, 72 Arab Israelis have been killed in crime-related incidents since the beginning of the year. Among the victims, 61 were shot dead.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report. 

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