Two Youths Shot to Death in Israeli-Arab Cities in Suspected Murders

A 26-year-old man was killed and another moderately wounded at an Umm al-Fahm wedding; a 23-year-old man found shot to death in a car in Kafer Qasem.

Illustration: A man in handcuffs.
Eyal Varshavsky

Two cases of suspected murder occurred in the Israeli-Arab cities of Umm al-Fahm and Kafr Qasem overnight on Friday.

A 26-year-old resident of Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel was shot overnight on Friday during a wedding in the city. The suspect, a local resident in his 40s, turned himself in to the police.

Meanwhile, a 23-year-old local resident was found shot to death in a car in Kafer Qasem in the center of the country. Police have begun investigating the incident.

The victims have been identified as Rabal Abu Jaber of Kafer Qasem and Hussein Mahajna of Umm al-Fahm. In the Umm al-Fahm incident, another man aged 30 was also shot and was moderately wounded. The suspect was interrogated, and the Haifa Magistrate's Court extended his remand by six days.

Last week, 32-year-old Dua'a Abu Sharkh of Lod was shot to death by a masked gunman in front of her four children. The victim's three brothers, her ex-husband and his son were detained on suspicion of involvement in the incident. On Tuesday, the Rishon Letzion Magistrate's Court extended the remand of the ex-husband and his son by nine days, and released the three brothers to house arrest.

Also last week, a man in his twenties was stabbed to death following a brawl outside a restaurant in Pardes Hannah in northern Israeli.