19-year-old Shot Dead in Nazareth Is 42nd Arab Victim of Gun Violence in Israel This Year

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A 19-year-old man was shot to death Friday night in Nazareth in northern Israel, and police said they have launched an investigation into the suspected murder.

Khaled Nakhash was first taken to the English Hospital in Nazareth in critical condition and was later pronounced dead.

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Since the beginning of 2021, the Abraham Initiatives NGO has reported 42 deaths due to acts of violence and crime in Israel's Arab community. Of those, 33 were Israeli citizens and nine East Jerusalem residents. Eight of them were women, and 26 of them were aged 30 or below. All victims lost their lives in shootings. 

On Wednesday, 28-year-old Maysar Othman was shot in the head in front of two of her children in an apartment in the northern city of Haifa.

Police haven't made any arrests yet. Both Othman's partner and her ex-husband have criminal records, police officials told Haaretz. Othman had an ongoing dispute with her former husband regarding visitation rights, and had complained to the police two weeks ago that her ex-husband did not bring the children back home in time.

On Sunday, Jameel Azbarga, a 35-year-old father of four from Lod, was shot and killed at a gas station while driving a garbage truck. Zabarka was a member of one of the city’s crime families.

Last week, a couple and their teenage daughter were shot dead in their car near the Arab town of Ailabun in northern Israel. Police suspect that the shooting was part of an inter-family conflict. 

Yousef Jarushi, 58, and his wife Noel, 46, were pronounced dead after suffering gunshot wounds, as was their 16-year-old daughter. 

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