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Teen killed, man wounded in drive-by shooting in northern Israel

18-year-old is 73rd Arab Israeli killed this year in violence that continues to plague the community

The scene of a shooting in the northern Israeli town of Musmus on August 25, 2021 (Screencapture/Twitter)
The scene of a shooting in the northern Israeli town of Musmus on August 25, 2021 (Screencapture/Twitter)

An 18-year-old was killed and another person wounded when unknown assailants opened fire on their vehicle late Wednesday in the northern town of Musmus, police said.

Police said both occupants of the vehicle were hit and were taken to a nearby hospital where the teen was pronounced dead. The other man, 22, was in serious condition.

Police said they were investigating the cause of the shooting.

The Ynet news site identified the victim as Mohammad Jabar Jabarin.

The death marked the 73d killing of an Arab Israeli this year, as violence has continued to plague the community.

On Monday a 22-year-old man was killed and another person seriously injured when unknown gunmen opened fire on a store in the northern city of Nazareth.

Last Friday, 28-year-old Lorin Musrati was shot dead while driving in the central town of Ramle. Police suspect she was targeted by the family of her late husband — who was also gunned down in 2015. They opposed the victim’s decision to leave Ramle with her children for Haifa after her husband was killed, the Haaretz daily reported, adding that law enforcement was also looking into other motives for the attack.

There were three other nonfatal shootings that took place in towns with large Arab populations last Friday.

Lorin Musrati ,28, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in Ramle on August 20, 2021 (Courtesy)

According to the Abraham Initiatives nonprofit, 73 Arab Israelis have been killed in homicides since the beginning of 2021, 11 of them women. In 2020, 96 Arab Israelis were killed, by far the highest annual toll in recent memory.

Arab cities and towns have seen a surge in violence in recent years, with organized crime as the main driver.

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.

According to a 2020 Knesset report, some 400,000 illegal weapons are circulating in Israel, the vast majority in Arab communities.

Last month, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said that violence and crime in Arab Israeli communities was a “national calamity,” as he met with senior government and police officials to formulate a national plan to tackle the issue.

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