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Man shot dead in East Jerusalem, as crime wave continues to claim lives

Victim in his 40s reportedly killed in dispute between families; over 60 people have died violently in Arab communities this year

Illustrative: Police officers near Jerusalem's Old City, on December 19, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Illustrative: Police officers near Jerusalem's Old City, on December 19, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

A man in his 40s was shot to death in East Jerusalem on Friday night, as an unrelenting crime wave continued to claim lives in Arab communities.

The man, a resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukaber, was likely killed as part of a dispute between two families, Hebrew media reports said.

The man was not identified by name and there were no reports of other injuries.

Police opened an investigation and were collecting evidence.

The shooting took place shortly before 10 p.m. Magen David Adom first responders arrived at the scene and found the man unconscious, in critical condition.

He was rushed to the Shaare Zedek Medical Center, where he was declared dead.

According to the Abraham Initiatives, a non-government group campaigning against violence in the Arab community, since the beginning of 2022 over 60 Arabs and Palestinians have been killed in violence or crime-related circumstances in Israel, mostly in shooting incidents.

On Thursday, a man was shot dead and seven others injured by gunfire in the southern Bedouin city of Rahat.

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