Two More Suspects Arrested Over Killing of Israeli Toddler in Playground

Six suspects have been arrested so far after a three-year-old was killed by a stray bullet in a Bedouin town near Nazareth last week

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Ammar Hujayrat.
Ammar Hujayrat.
Adi Hashmonai

Police arrested two suspects on Wednesday in the murder of three year-old Ammar Hujayrat, who was shot and killed at a playground in a Bedouin town near Nazareth last week.

Hujayrat was struck by a stray bullet while playing at the playground in Bir al-Maksur. According to the police, the suspects are a 24 year-old from the village Ibteen, and a 25-year-old from Basmat Tab’un, who were arrested near the city of Shefar’am in northern Israel.

The two will be brought in for arraignment at court on Thursday. Last week, four men were arrested on suspicion of involvement in the killing of the toddler, with one of them having been released for now. The other three will also be in court as the state seeks to further extend their detention.

Police suspect that the gunfire that killed the toddler was aimed at a construction site over a dispute with the contractor. Hujayrat was brought to rest a day later, and his funeral was attended by thousands. Business owners in his home village went on a day-long strike to protest the killing.

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