Man shot dead in northern town, pushing 2023 toll in Arab towns to 39


A man was shot dead on Sunday in the northern town of Rameh on Sunday, amid a series of violent killings plaguing the Arab community.

The 47-year-old resident of Jadeidi-Makr was found by doctors in a vehicle with gunshot wounds, together with his brother and another man, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The other two were taken to Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya.

A 37-year-old man was admitted in serious condition to the trauma center, where he was ventilated, and a 29-year-old man was admitted to the trauma center in mild and stable condition, the hospital said. It was not clear which man was the brother of the victim who died.

The police said they opened an investigation into the incident and were looking for the attacker.

According to the watchdog group Abraham Initiatives, the 47-year-old was the 39th Arab in Israel to be killed in a murder since the beginning of the year.

Arab communities in Israel have seen a surge in violence in recent years, driven primarily, but not exclusively, by organized crime.

Arab Israelis say police have failed to tackle powerful criminal organizations and for years largely ignored the violence, including family disputes, mafia turf wars, and attacks on women.

Omar Sawaed, in his 20s, was shot and killed early Sunday in an Arab town in northern Israel, with police saying he was involved in a drive-by shooting and wounded in an exchange of fire when the gunmen drew their weapons to intervene. policeman

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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