Two Arab Israeli Men Murdered in North, Marking 38 Killed in Community This Year

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Shooting scene in Kafr Yasif, a northern Arab community in Israel's north, June 17, 2020.
Shooting scene in Kafr Yasif, a northern Arab community in Israel's north, June 17, 2020. Credit: Police Spokesperson's Unit
Jack Khoury

Two Arab Israeli men were murdered early Wednesday in the country’s north, raising the number of fatalities in Arab society to 38 since the beginning of the year.

Mohammed Riad Wattad, 22 of Jatt, was stabbed to death in the northern Arab town of Baka al-Garbiyeh. He was seriously wounded in the stabbing and was pronounced dead at Hillel Yaffeh Medical Center in Hadera after efforts to revive him failed. Police say they are investigating the motive.

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A short time earlier, 23-year-old Adham Natour, was shot to death for unknown reasons in Kafr Yasif, a northern Arab community east of Acre. Natour, a Kafr Yasif resident, was pronounced dead at the Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya.

The two homicides follow the drive-by shooting death of a 20-year-old Arab man in Jaffa on Tuesday morning, an incident in which a 12-year-old boy was also critically wounded.

Adham Natour.Credit: Courtesy of the family.

Farid Khalaf was shot to death by a man on a motorcycle who fled the scene. Relatives of the boy who was critically wounded in the shooting said he was selling fruit at the site near the Daka Orchards residential complex. Police suspect that he may not have been a target of the shooting. It is thought that security cameras in the vicinity will have footage of the incident.

The housing complex is home to the Abu Seif family, some of whose members have been involved in drug and weapons trafficking. In the same vicinity somewhat over a year ago, a 5-year-old boy was wounded in the head by a stray bullet.

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