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Man shot to death in Arab city of Tira in latest killing of crime wave

Shooting marks the 24th homicide in Arab community this year; victim identified as 27-year-old Muhammad Iyad Qassem

Muhammad Iyad Qassem, 27, was killed in a shooting in Tira on March 13, 2021. (Courtesy)
Muhammad Iyad Qassem, 27, was killed in a shooting in Tira on March 13, 2021. (Courtesy)

A 27-year-old man was shot and killed in the central city of Tira on Saturday evening, becoming the 24th Arab Israeli to die in violent circumstances this year.

It remains unclear what lead to the shooting, police said they were investigating the matter.

The victim was taken to Meir Medical Center in Kfar Saba, where medical personnel confirmed his death.

The victim was identified as Muhammad Iyad Qassem from the central Arab city of Tira. According to reports, he was shot at the entrance of his home.

As of Saturday, 24 Arabs have died violently this year in Israel: 18 Arab Israeli citizens, four Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem, and two Palestinians from the West Bank. Three were shot by police, while the remaining 21 were killed in intra-communal violence, the Abraham Initiatives nonprofit said.

On Tuesday, a teenager was killed and another boy was seriously wounded in a shooting in the town of Jaljulia in central Israel.

Ending the spread of violence and organized crime is a major priority for Arab Israelis and the focus of recent mass protests.

In 2020, 96 Arab Israelis were killed, by far the highest annual toll in recent memory.

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