Arab Man Shot Dead, Five Injured in Violent Incidents Across Israel

The 24-year-old was shot dead near his family's coffee shop, while five other Arabs were injured in communal violence in and around Jerusalem over the weekend

Deiaa Haj Yahia
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Police forces in the Arab city of Umm al-Fahm, in March.
Police forces in the Arab city of Umm al-Fahm, in March.Credit: Fadi Amun
Deiaa Haj Yahia
Deiaa Haj Yahia

An Arab man in his 20s was shot to death on Saturday in the northern Israel town of Jisr al-Zarqa, capping another bloody weekend and one of the most violent recent months of communal violence.

Witnesses claim the shooters lay in wait for the victim, 24-year-old Mohammed Khamis Ammas, next to the coffee shop of his family, and shot him at close range. He was rushed to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Israel Police is investigating several leads, one of which is a local strife between Ammas and residents of the village.

Additionally, the police arrested two suspects in a stabbing attack on Saturday in a clash in the village of Ein Naqquba near Jerusalem. Two people were wounded, one of them severely.

In another incident on Saturday morning, one man was moderately to severely wounded and two others were lightly wounded in a family feud in the Jerusalem neighborhood of A-Tur. Police found bullet shells and weapons at the scene and are searching for assailants.

Last weekend, six people were shot to death in a number of unrelated incidents across Israel. Four of them were Arabs.

At present, the number of people killed across the country this month stands at 17, the highest of any month this year. Twelve of the victims were Arab citizens of Israel. Since the beginning of the year, 60 people in total have been killed in Israel. The number of Arabs murdered this year now stands at 43, just short of last year's figure of 46.

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