Man Killed, Two Wounded in Brawl in Druze Village in Northern Israel

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The northern village of Yarka, in May.
The northern village of Yarka, in May.Credit: Gil Eliahu

A man was killed on Saturday and two others were moderately injured after an affray broke out in the northern village of Yarka, apparently in light of a Supreme Court ruling that inflamed tensions between two rival political factions. 

According to suspicions, the brawl was linked to the Supreme Court decision last week to overrule former Interior Minister Arye Dery's dismissal of the Yarka's mayor, Wahib Habish.

The victim was identified as 30-year-old Sarhan Atallah, a relative of Habish's opponent, Hatem Atallah, who he defeated in the 2018 election.

The two other men – aged 24 and 25 respectively – were moderately injured after they were stabbed.

Dery had initially dismissed Habish as mayor after he failed to approve the budget for the local council before the date stipulated by law.

Habish then petitioned the Supreme Court, which ruled in his favor on the grounds that the opposition were responsible for the impasse with the budget.

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