Four Arrested in Shooting That Wounded 10-year-old in Northern Israel

The young boy was struck in his own home, in an apparent ongoing feud between two other families in a small village near Nazareth

Deiaa Haj Yahia
Adi Hashmonai
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Jamal Shibli in his home, with the bullet hole visible in the window, on Saturday.
Jamal Shibli in his home, with the bullet hole visible in the window, on Saturday.Credit: Fadi Amun
Deiaa Haj Yahia
Adi Hashmonai

Four suspects were arrested on Saturday in a shooting that wounded a 10-year-old boy on Thursday night in a small village in northern Israel.

Shots were fired toward parked cars in Ein Mahlil, a few miles northeast of Nazareth, as part of what police believe is an ongoing feud between two families and debts they owed.

At least one bullet went through the window in the child's house, hitting him in the shoulder and moderately wounding him. Emergency services arrived at the scene at took the boy to Haemek Hospital in Afula, and he is expected to be discharged later on Saturday.

"I have no monetary debts, I don't know any of the suspects, I never have and I don't know what they want from me," the boy's father, Abdul Munam Shibli, told Haaretz.

Shibli added that during summer break, he and his wife allowed their children to sleep in one big room with a television and computer games. At around 2:30 A.M. on Friday, the gunshots woke up the family, and 10-year-old Jamal was hit in the shoulder. The parents called an ambulance, and assert that the other children were unharmed. "The other children are completely fine, thank God," Shibli said, "but they're afraid."

Three of the four suspects are residents of Nazareth. The fourth, a resident of Umm al-Fahm, is suspected to have carried out the shooting despite the fact that he was under house arrest and wearing an ankle monitor.

Jamal Shibli with his father Abdul Munam Shibli, at the hospital on Saturday.Credit: Courtesy of the Shibli family

Brig. Gen. Assaf Mansour, commanding officer of the Israeli Police in Nazareth, said that the country is "seeing an uptick in the number of shootings connected to collecting payment on loans in the black market."

In addition to the shooting at Ein Mahlil, two men in their 20s were shot late Friday in the nearby Arab village of Iksal. They were taken to a local hospital in serious and moderate condition.

The initial police investigation revealed that the two men had apparently arrived in the village in order to set fire to a home before local residents shot them.

Later on Friday evening, two men aged 21 and 28 were shot in the Arab town of Jadeidi-Makr, east of Acre. They are hospitalized in critical and moderate condition.

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