Relative Arrested Over Siblings' Double Murder in Northern Israel

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Emergency services at the murder scene in northern Bedouin village of Ibtin, Israel, on Saturday.
Emergency services at the murder scene in northern Bedouin village of Ibtin, Israel, on Saturday. Credit: Magen David Adom
Jack Khoury

Israel Police arrested on Sunday a suspect in the murder of two siblings from the northern village of Ibtin overnight into Saturday.

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The suspect, a 70-year-old man, who is a relative of the siblings and lives in the same village, was arrested in suspicion of involvement in the alleged double murder. A Haifa court remanded his arrest until Thursday.

According to the police, on Saturday, Hassan Rahimi, 56, was shot dead and his sister Subhiyah, 60, was beaten to death following a family feud.

A resident of the village said that a family dispute had led to the murder, and that the two victims had been trying to keep apart two sides engaged in a fight.

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.

Simmering disputes in Ibtin have led to a number of shootings and other violent acts in recent years. The village, located near the northern town of Kiryat Tivon, has no council, and is under the jurisdiction of the Zevulun regional council. Villagers complain that there is hardly any intervention by external agencies to try to stem the violence.

According to figures collected by the Arab-Jewish NGO Abraham Initiatives, 54 Arab citizens have died in crime-related circumstances since the beginning of this year. Nine of these were East Jerusalem Arabs who are not Israeli citizens, and nine were women. In 43 of the cases, firearms were the cause of death.

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