Bedouin Man Shot Dead, Teen Mildly Wounded as Gun Violence Persists in Israel's Arab Community

The shooting occurred while the two were sitting in a parked car on the main street of the Bedouin village of Hura

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The murder scene in Hura, southern Israel, today.
The murder scene in Hura, southern Israel, today. Credit: Israel Police Spokesperson's department

A 35-year-old man was shot and killed and a 15-year-old boy was mildly wounded in the southern Bedouin village of Hura on Friday as gun violence continues to claim more lives in Israel's Arab community.  

Police said they have launched an investigation into the incident. It appears that the man and the youth were sitting in a vehicle parked on Hura's main street when the shooting took place.

The man was taken to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva, where he was pronounced dead.

The police said they had received reports of gunshots and that a brawl erupted on Hura's main street before arriving at the scene.  

Last week, two people were murdered in the northern Bedouin village of Ibtin. Hassan Rahimi, 56, was shot dead and his sister Subhiyah, 60, was beaten to death.

Emergency medical services found the man dead at the scene and took the gravely wounded woman to Rambam Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. A 43-year-old female relative was moderately injured in the incident.

According to the Abraham Initiatives nonprofit organization, 54 Arabs have been murdered in Israel, 45 of them Israeli citizens since the beginning of the year. Nine of the victims were women and 27 of them age 30 or under.

On Wednesday, lawmakers from the United Arab List and left-wing Meretz parties voted against a bill by the Joint List alliance of Arab parties to form a Knesset committee to investigate the police’s failure in combating organized crime in Israel's Arab community.

Without the backing of coalition members Meretz and UAL, the legislation was defeated by a 57-54 vote.

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