Arab Israeli Man Shot Dead; Police Suspect Connection With Cousin's Murder a Day Before

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Malik Abu Alfoul
Malik Abu Alfoul

A 24-year-old Arab Israeli man was shot dead Wednesday overnight in northern Israel, a day after his cousin was stabbed to death, prompting the police to investigate whether the cases are connected.

Police arrested a suspect involved in the latest shooting, a man in his twenties from the community of Jatt, a village in the Little Triangle area. Police say the suspect was arrested with a Molotov cocktail in his hand, adding that they are investigating a suspicion that he was shooting with the victim at a nearby house and threw a Molotov cocktail at it before the murder took place.

The deceased, Malik Abu al-Foul, who was shot while riding in a car, was taken to a local clinic in critical condition, and from there he was transferred to Hillel Yaffeh Medical Center in Hadera, where his death was proclaimed.

Police at the seen of the crime in Jatt, June 18, 2020.Credit: Israel Police

This is the fourth murder within two days in the Arab community

His cousin, 22-year-old Mohammed Riad Wattad, also of Jatt, was stabbed to death early Wednesday in the northern Arab city of Baka al-Garbiyeh. He was seriously wounded in the stabbing and was pronounced dead at Hillel Yaffeh Medical Center in Hadera after efforts to revive him failed. Police say they are investigating the motive

A short time earlier, 23-year-old Adham Natour, was shot to death for unknown reasons in Kafr Yasif, a northern Arab community east of Acre. Natour, a Kafr Yasif resident, was pronounced dead at the Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya.

The two homicides follow the drive-by shooting death of a 20-year-old Arab man in Jaffa on Tuesday morning, an incident in which a 12-year-old boy was also critically wounded.

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