A 25-year-old man was killed on Friday after being shot in front of his house, in what police suspect was a targeted murder. No suspects have been apprehended.
Mohammed Baranasi is the fourth victim of gun violence and deadly crime in his city of Taibeh, in central Israel, this year alone. According to Haaretz' tally, his death is the 122nd in Israel's Arab community in 2021, exceeding last year's record of 113 victims.
Eyewitnesses said Baransi noticed masked men approaching his car while he was sitting in it. They opened fired at close range as he fled toward his home.
Baransi was taken to the Meir Hospital in Kfar Saba in critical condition, but was later pronounced dead.
A family member told Haaretz Baransi did not have a reason to fear for his life, and he was not involved in any feuds with anyone. "Muhammed was a good man," the relative added. "His murder is quite shocking."
Israel's Arab community has seen a staggering rise in crime and intercommunal violence over the past year. Police have increased their efforts to tackle the proliferation of firearms in Arab towns and cities.
The government also allocated 2.4 billion shekels ($780 million) as part of a national five-year plan to combat crime and violence in the Arab community.