Two Killed in Suspected Family Feud Shooting in Israeli Arab Town

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Police arrive at the Israeli Arab town of Dir al-Asad, yesterday.
Police arrive at the Israeli Arab town of Dir al-Asad, yesterday. Credit: Israel Police spokesperson Unit.

Two men were killed and two youths were injured in a shooting Friday in the Israeli Arab town of Dir al-Asad in what appears to be the result of a feud between families.

Ahmad Sanallah, 29, and Hafez Senallah, 23, sustained gun injuries to their abdomen and upper and lower body. They were taken in critical condition to Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya and were later pronounced dead. The two men were relatives.

Ahmad Sanallah.

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 A 13-year-old boy and a 10-year-old boy were moderately and lightly wounded in the incident respectively. The older boy who sustained a gunshot wound underwent surgery and is now treated in the intensive care unit, Western Galilee Hospital said.  He is in moderate but stable condition.

Hafez Senallah.

The 10-year-old boy who had been admitted in mild condition was later released from the hospital after examinations.

The police have opened an investigation into the incident.

Earlier on Friday, 29-year-old Alddin Amaria was shot dead in the Bedouin village of Ibtin in the north. Two other men were lightly and moderately injured in the incident and the police have opned an investigation into the killing.

Alddin Amaria.

In recent months, hundreds of Israelis have staged protests against what they claim is police inaction amid the surging crime and gun violence in Arab communities.

According to data provided by The Abraham Initiatives NGO, an organization that works to promote equality between Jews and Arabs, 25 Israeli Arabs and six Arabs who were not Israeli citizens have been murdered since the beginning of the year. Nineteen of the victims were 30 years old and younger.  

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