A 23-year-old Israeli Arab man was stabbed to death on Monday in southern Israel, police said, raising the number of violent crime victims in the Arab community to 26 since the beginning of 2022.
The man, identified as Nur Kashkoush, a 23-year-old resident of the Israeli-Arab city of Kalansua, was stabbed to death in a public park in the city of Ashdod on Monday, according to police.
A police official told Haaretz that the incident is currently under investigation, and that three suspects have been arrested – one of whom is also a resident of Kalansua. He was later released after it was revealed he was not involved in the incident. The two other suspects, Jewish-Israelis in their 40s and 50s, are still being held and police suspect that the stabbing was a result of a criminal dispute between the two and Kashkoush.
Medics were dispatched to the scene after receiving a call pertaining to a brawl at around 10 P.M. on Monday, where the man was found barely conscious and suffering from a "penetrating and bleeding injury," the paramedics said.
He was evacuated to Assuta Medical Center in unstable condition and was pronounced dead upon arrival, police said.
He is the 26th victim of crime in the Israeli-Arab community this year, as per the monitoring group Abraham Initiatives.