Four killed in 24 hours by shootings in Arab villages in northern Israel

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Israeli police are investigating Saturday that four people were shot dead in 24 hours in Arab villages in northern Israel.

Israeli police said two residents of the Bedouin village of Basma Tivon, northwest of Nasiriyah, were shot dead on Friday night and a third was seriously wounded in gunfire believed to be caused by a dispute between families in the area.

Police said in a statement they were “investigating the circumstances.”

The Israeli newspaper “Maariv” quoted a witness as saying that a young man broke into a wedding and shot the guests.

In another incident, a 38-year-old man was shot dead Friday while driving near the Arab village of Kfar Yasuf, in northern Israel, police said.

Also on Friday, Israeli police said the body of a 30-year-old man was found shot dead in a car in the village of Moussam, about 48 km from Kafr Yasuf.

While no further information was provided by the police, a judicial decision prohibiting the publication of the details of the incidents of Musmus and Kafr Yasuf.

The Arab “joint list” achieved good results in the Israeli general elections held on Tuesday, and became the third largest parliamentary bloc in the Knesset, according to semi-final results.

On Saturday, Chairman of the Joint List Ayman Odeh on Twitter in Hebrew stressed that addressing the rampant violence in many Arab regions will be a priority for him.

“Elections are over, but crimes are rampant in the Arab regions,” he wrote on Twitter. “Four people have been killed in the last 24 hours.”

“This is the first issue that we will address. We have no choice but to restore security to the streets and live in a weapons-free society,” he said.

On Saturday, police reported a new shooting incident at night in the Bedouin village of Kamana in northern Israel, causing no deaths.

“The police came under fire before dawn during an operation in al-Kamana and a member was slightly injured,” a statement said, adding that four suspects were arrested.

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