70-year-old Woman Killed, Two Relatives Hurt in Jaffa Shooting

Police suspect a dispute within the extended family, but casualties were not the target

Police forces at the scene of a shooting in Jaffa, August 25, 2019.
Bar Peleg

A woman of about 70 was shot to death Sunday in Jaffa and two relatives were lightly wounded, but the police believe that the three victims were not the target and suspect a relative motivated by a dispute within the extended family.

In the incident in Jaffa’s Pardes Daka neighborhood, Sabria Abu Saif was killed and another woman and a child were lightly wounded – both of them relatives.

The police are searching for the suspect, who has a criminal record that includes drug- and gun-related offenses. A large contingent of police arrived at the scene amid concerns that clashes would ensue.

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The three casualties were shot when they were walking down Maharozet Street next to a tin shack inside the family’s residential compound. They were taken to Wolfson Medical Center in Holon; Abu Saif arrived in critical condition. The other two family members were wounded by shrapnel.

After the shooting, dozens of family members who live in the compound gathered at the site; many wept aloud.

A similar incident took place in September on the same street when 5-year-old Walid Abu Saif was shot by mistake and critically wounded. Two other people were wounded in that incident too.

In July, a 9-year-old girl suffered moderate injuries from a shooting in Lod while she was riding in a car with her family. The police, who suspect that a woman in the vehicle was the target, arrested four people.

In the same month an indictment was filed against a 23-year-old resident of Ramle for the mistaken killing of the mother of a man with whom the suspect was embroiled in a dispute.

According to the indictment, in the incident that took place in May, Omar Musrati was involved in a clash with Intisar Issawi’s son, and later arrived at the family home and opened fire – fatally wounding the mother.