Israeli Arab Woman Killed in Drive-by Shooting Near Tel Aviv; Sister Critically Wounded

Police suspect the shooting is related to a dispute between organized crime groups in Jaffa

The scene of Monday night's drive-by shooting in which Samar Khatib was killed.
Moti Milrod מוטי מילרוד

A 33-year-old resident of Jaffa, Samar Khatib, was shot and killed in a drive-by shooting late Monday evening at a highway intersection near the Tel Aviv suburb of Rishon Letzion. Her sister, 23, who was driving the car in which they were traveling, was critically wounded. 

Police suspect the shooting was connected to a dispute between Jaffa organized crime organizations, although investigators are pursuing all possible directions. A police source said Khatib and her family have been involved in criminal activity. On Sunday, a bomb was placed near Khatib's car in Jaffa and was defused by police. Law enforcement officials suspect that Monday night's shooting was prompted by the failure of the attempted bombing.

Samar Khatib

Paramedics who responded to the shooting said Khatib was pronounced said at the scene. Her sister was fully conscious and was taken to Assaf Harofeh Hospital at Tzrifin, where doctors worked to save her life.

Dozens of bullets were fired at the women while their car was stopped at a traffic light, said the police, who plan to review security camera footage from the vicinity as part of their investigation. 

Khatib, a divorced mother of three, had worked as a sign-language interpreter. A friend of hers wrote on Facebook that after the bomb was placed Khatib's car at the beginning of the week, she asked the police for a bodyguard but was not provided one. "Who sparked the wave of violence that is taking place in Jaffa?" the friend asked in the post.