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Ramle woman shot dead in suspected murder

Suhaila Jaroushi, 36, is the seventh Arab Israeli killed since start of year; was reportedly gunned down in front of her kids

Illustrative: Israel Police investigate the scene of a crime, on June 2, 2021. (Israel Police)
Illustrative: Israel Police investigate the scene of a crime, on June 2, 2021. (Israel Police)

A woman was shot dead Saturday evening in the central city of Ramle in what police were treating as a suspected murder.

Police said the woman, a 36-year-old resident of the city, was brought in critical condition to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead following unsuccessful attempts to revive her.

The woman was later named as Suhaila Jaroushi.

Officers in Ramle launched a manhunt for suspects and evidence was gathered at the scene “to examine the background and circumstances” of the shooting, according to a police statement.

Police added that a murder investigation has been opened.

According to the Kan public broadcaster, Jaroushi was fatally shot in front of her children.

She was a member of the Jaroushi family, which has been riven by a suspected criminal feud that has left at least five dead over the past year, including a couple and their teenage daughter killed in a drive-by shooting.

The Abraham Initiates, a nonprofit that tracks violence in the Arab-Israeli community, said she was the seventh Arab to be killed in a homicide since the start of the year, continuing a trend that saw a record 126 killings in 2021.

Arab communities have seen a surge in violence in recent years, driven mainly by organized crime.

Arab Israelis 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. The community has also suffered from decades of neglect.

Budget plans passed late last year call for billions of shekels over the next five years to be funneled toward addressing violence in Arab society and developing the community’s economy.

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