Baby, Mother Shot in Southern Israel During Family Feud

Police say shots were fired during a brawl in the Bedouin village of Sawa

Nati Yefet
Nati Yefet
File photo: Israel Police.
File photo.Credit: Moti Milrod
Nati Yefet
Nati Yefet

A month-old baby is in moderate condition after being shot Monday in southern Israel alongside his mother, who was lightly wounded, during what police say was a family feud.

First responders took them to Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva for treatment. No other casulaties were reported.

Police reported a brawl in the Negev Bedouin village of Sawa, where forces were detaining a man suspected of illegal possession of arms when the shots were fired at the mother, in her 20s, and her son. The exact course of events leading up to the shooting remains unclear.

Last week, a 36-year-old woman was shot dead in central Israel, leading police to launch an investigation into the shooting in Ramle's Jawarish neighborhood.

Suhaila Jarushi was rushed to the nearby Assaf Harofeh Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead. She was the seventh victim of intracommunal violence in Israel's Arab communities this year.

Just one day prior, Rasmia Barbur, 28, was found dead with multiple stab wounds in the northern city of Nof Hagalil after her husband, Mohammad Arslan, called the police to tell them that he had killed his wife. The couple reportedly has a 3-year-old son. According to the police, Arslan had no criminal record, and welfare services said that no domestic violence complaints had been filed.

In 2021, 126 Arabs were killed in violence and crime in Israel, according to data from the Abraham Initiatives, an NGO working toward social change and advancing the integration and equality of Arabs and Jews in Israel.

Out of those victims, 62 were under the age of 30 and 16 were women. In 105 of those cases, the murder was committed with a firearm. In addition, nine Arabs were killed by police or security guards in 2021.

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