16-year-old Shot Dead During Massive Brawl in Southern Israeli Town

Teenager's death follows suspected arson in Hura that left a 12-year-old badly burnt

A Border Police truck at the scene of the incident on Monday night.
A Border Police truck at the scene of the incident on Monday night. Credit: Police spokesperson

A 16-year-old boy was shot dead overnight into Tuesday in a brawl in the southern Israeli town of Hura, which police said involved hundreds of people.

Idris Abu al-Kiyan was rushed to the Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva in critical condition, but was pronounced dead shortly after.

The brawl, which police said required their intervention to stop, follows an ongoing neighbor dispute over grazing lands in Hura, a Bedouin town in the Negev.

Local officials said this is the first violent incident as part of that dispute, adding that they were working to restore calm.

On Saturday, a 12-year-old boy was badly burned in a fire that broke out in a cell phone store in Hura, in what police suspect was a deliberate act of arson.

According to Haaretz's tally, gun violence and violent crime killed 29 Arabs in Israel this year. At the same time last year, that number stood at 63.

2021 saw 126 Arab murder victims, in a record-high figure.

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