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Man shot dead in northern Israel amid unrelenting crime wave

24-year-old café owner killed in car near Jisr az-Zarka soccer field, 46th death this year from crime in Arab community; 2 stabbed near Jerusalem-area mosque; 3 injured in At-Tur

Mohammed Amash. (Courtesy)
Mohammed Amash. (Courtesy)

A 24-year-old man was shot and killed overnight in his vehicle in the north of the country, as a spike in deadly crime continued to grip the Arab community.

Paramedics who were called to the scene in the early hours of Saturday found Mohammed Amash in a car next to a soccer field in Jisr az-Zarka.

Paramedics attempted to resuscitate Amash, a local café owner, and took him to the Hillel Yaffe Medical Center in nearby Hadera. He was declared dead shortly after arriving.

Police said they are investigating the incident.

Amash was the 46th victim killed in a violent incident in the Arab community since the beginning of 2022, according to a tally by the Abraham Initiatives organization.

Shortly afterward, a 23-year-old man was seriously injured and a 19-year-old man was lightly injured after they were stabbed in an apparently unrelated incident outside a mosque in the Jerusalem-area village of Ein Nakuba. The attacker fled from the scene.

Paramedics were called and provided treatment to the two men, before taking the seriously injured victim to the Hadassah Medical Center in Jerusalem’s Ein Kerem. One suspect was arrested.

And in a third incident, three people were wounded during an apparent altercation between family members in Jerusalem’s At-Tur neighborhood.

Police at the scene of an incident in which three people were wounded in Jerusalem’s At-Tur neighborhood, June 25, 2022. (Israel Police)

One person was in a moderate-serious condition while the other two were lightly injured. Police said they opened an investigation and were carrying out searches for suspects.

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.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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