Man killed, another hurt in Umm al-Fahm shooting
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Man killed, another hurt in Umm al-Fahm shooting

Northern town sees drive-by attack amid months-long spate of violence; police launch manhunt and open murder investigation

Police man a checkpoint in the northern Arab Israeli town of Umm al-Fahm after a teacher is kidnapped from a local high school by armed assailants, December 12, 2018. (Hadashot screen capture)
Police man a checkpoint in the northern Arab Israeli town of Umm al-Fahm after a teacher is kidnapped from a local high school by armed assailants, December 12, 2018. (Hadashot screen capture)

A man in his thirties was shot and killed in the northern town of Umm al-Fahm Sunday morning, according to police.

He was rushed to Haemek Hospital in Afula, where doctors pronounced him dead.

A second man was hit in the shooting, and was in moderate condition at Haemek. The second man is also in his thirties.

Police have opened a murder investigation and launched a manhunt for the shooters.

There was no immediate word on the suspected motive for the shooting, or whether both men were the targets.

Illustrative. Police stand guard in Jerusalem in an undated photograph. (Israel Police)

Recent months have seen a wave of killings and crime in the Arab Israeli community. Arab leaders say police largely ignore the violence in their towns, which include family feuds, mafia turf wars, domestic violence and so-called honor killings.

An 84-year-old woman was shot dead on Wednesday in the Arab Israeli city of Taibe, apparently mistakenly hit in an attempted drive-by shooting, as she was walking in the street, police and medics said.

An initial investigation found that the woman was mistakenly hit by a burst targeting another person, the Haaretz daily quoted a police source as saying, adding that both the assailants and the target had managed to flee the scene.

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