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Man shot dead in his car in northern town of Bi’ina

Fatality marks the 36th violent death in the Israeli Arab community since the start of the 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 43-year-old man was shot dead in his car in the northern town of Bi’ina on Monday night, amid an ongoing violent crime wave in Israeli Arab communities.

Hebrew media identified the fatality as Mahmoud Sna Allah from the town of Deir al-Assad.

The Magen David Adom emergency services group received a call about the incident in the Galilee region at 10:55 p.m. and dispatched medics to the scene.

They found the victim with severe injuries and no vital signs and declared his death at the scene.

Medics said in a statement, “The injured man was unconscious and had suffered penetrating injuries to his body. We did medical checks but the injuries were critical and we had no choice but to declare him dead.”

Police were investigating a suspect and sweeping the area for evidence.

One other man was lightly injured in the incident, Channel 12 reported.

The fatality marked the 36th violent death in the Israeli Arab community since the start of the year.

Arab communities have seen a surge in violence in recent years. 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.

On Saturday, a 27-year-old man was shot and killed as he sat in his vehicle in the northern town of Jatt.

Unknown gunmen opened fire on the man, identified as Taufik Ara, the owner of a local tire repair store, mortally wounding him.

Earlier on Saturday, an 18-year-old man was seriously injured after being shot in the northern town of Umm al-Fahm.

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