The Israel Police said Tuesday morning that a man was shot dead in the central district city of Ramle, amid a relentless wave of violent crime in Arab Israeli communities.
The man, in his sixties, was declared dead by medics who arrived at the scene on Hadar Street. According to Hebrew media reports, he was a member of the mixed city’s Arab community.
Police said forensic teams were working to collect evidence and officers were coming the area in an effort to find the shooter, who fled.
The motive for the shooting was not immediately known, police said.
The United Hatzalah emergency service said medics found the man with no vital signs and quickly pronounced him dead “due to the nature of the serious injuries he suffered.”
Since the beginning of the year, 81 members of the Arab community have been killed in violent crime incidents, far higher than the total at this time last year, according to the Abraham Initiatives watchdog group.
The vast majority of the killings were caused by gunfire and six of the fatalities were women, the group’s figures show.
Nationwide, over 91 suspected murders have taken place since the start of 2023, more than double last year’s rate, which itself was higher than previous years.
National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, a far-right lawmaker who campaigned on promises to beef up public safety, has largely stayed quiet on the soaring crime wave.