Four Arrested Over Shooting in Southern Israel That Left Five Wounded

Police suspect the incident is part of an ongoing conflict between two families in the Bedouin town of Rahat

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The site of the shooting in Rahat on Friday.
The site of the shooting in Rahat on Friday.

Four suspects were arrested on Saturday in connection to a shooting incident on Friday in the Bedouin town of Rahat that left five people wounded.

All five were taken to Soroka Hospital in Be'er Sheva. Two of the patients are in serious condition and the other three are in moderate condition.

The cafe following the shooting.

The police suspect that the shooting, which took place in a café, is part of an ongoing conflict between two families. Officers that arrived at the scene had stones thrown at them.

Eyewitnesses said that an automatic rifle was used. "It was a like a terrorist attack, shots all over the place," one witness told Haaretz. "Masked men started breaking things in the café. There was a lot of chaos, it was scary."

On Wednesday, a different café in Rahat owned by the same family was shot at. There are currently protests against this café because it allows men and women to sit together. According to the owner, 11 people participated in the attack on the café. Two residents of Rahat were arrested following this shooting.

Last month, three people were murdered in the Israeli Arab community.

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