55-year-old man shot dead in Nazareth as violence rages in Arab communities
A 55-year-old man was shot dead in northern Nazareth on Friday as crime and gun violence continued to spill blood on the streets of Arab towns across the country.
Doctors from the Magen David Adom emergency department were dispatched to the scene in the Salizian neighborhood of Nazareth where they found the victim unconscious with gunshot wounds. After attempts at resuscitation, doctors were forced to declare her dead at the scene.
Hebrew media identified the victim as Na’im Mansouri, a former inmate recently released from prison after serving a sentence for murder. Police told Army Radio that the background to the incident was a dispute between rival criminal groups, but that they had opened an investigation into the incident.
Mansouri has been the community’s 76th victim of violent crime so far this year, amid accusations of police and government inaction to stem the tide of violence.
Later Friday, a 6-year-old boy and his parents sustained minor gunshot wounds in the northern town of Umm al-Fahm.
The incidents followed another murder late Thursday night, which claimed the life of 24-year-old Hosam Otman.
Otman was shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Haifa. Images released Friday apparently filmed from a camera in the rear windshield of a car showed a white car stopping at an intersection when a black car driving behind the vehicle pulled up beside it .
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As the black car moves forward, one of its rear doors opens and a man holding a pistol partially emerges, shooting the white car several times before closing the door as the vehicle drives away and turns into another street.
Also on Friday, police raided dozens of homes in Arab towns in northern Israel, arresting 15 people and seizing guns and money, as part of efforts to quell the upsurge in violent crime in Israeli Arab communities.
Agents raided 63 homes in northern Arab and Druze towns, arresting 15 suspects on suspicion of violence, extortion and money laundering. None of the suspects have been named.
Police said they had seized large sums of money, without specifying how much. The statement said 50,000 shekels ($ 15,620) were found hidden in the bra of a suspect’s wife.
Cops also captured weapons and military equipment, the statement said.
Police described the arrests as part of efforts to fight organized crime among Arab Israelis.
The raids came as authorities pledge to devote more resources to tackling crime in Arab localities, after a series of recent shootings sparked the #Arab_Lives_Matter online campaign to protest the alleged lack of crime. police action.
Violent crime has reached record levels in Arab communities in recent years, with 76 Israeli Arab citizens killed in homicides since the start of 2021. Last year 96 Arab Israelis were killed in community violence, the annual report the highest in recent memory.