ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 139

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Man shot in broad daylight on street in Tel Aviv

Police arrest suspect minutes later, say incident not terror-related, as crime wave continues to plague nation

Police at the scene where a man was wounded in a shooting incident in central Tel Aviv, August 27, 2023. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Police at the scene where a man was wounded in a shooting incident in central Tel Aviv, August 27, 2023. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

A man was shot and wounded in broad daylight on a street in Tel Aviv on Sunday afternoon.

Police said they arrested a suspect in the shooting less than half an hour later, and that they do not believe the incident is terror-related.

First responders said that the victim, 63, was brought to the Ichilov Hospital in the city in moderate condition with a gunshot wound.

Police said that they opened an investigation into the incident and sent officers to the scene of the crime on Yehuda Halevi Street in Tel Aviv to gather evidence and question eyewitnesses.

The Ynet news site reported, without citing a source, that the victim of the shooting was an attorney who had previously served time in prison for defrauding his clients.

A crime wave is currently gripping Israel, with shooting incidents occurring almost daily, most often among members of Arab communities.

Police at the scene where a man was wounded in a shooting in central Tel Aviv, August 27, 2023. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Earlier Sunday morning, a man was shot dead on a northern highway. On Saturday, masked gunmen opened fire on a home in Kafr Kanna, wounding six members of the same family.

In a shocking crime last week, four people were murdered in a mass shooting in the northern town of Abu Snan, one of them a mayoral candidate.

Earlier Sunday, a man was arrested on suspicion of murdering his father in Hadera and attempting to kill his mother. According to Haaretz, it was the 199th homicide so far this year, one of Israel’s bloodiest on record.

A tally by the Abraham Initiatives says that 157 of those killed so far this year have been part of the Arab community — more than double the figure on the same date last year.

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