Two Men Shot Dead in Arab City in Central Israel

The men, aged 26 and 23, were shot while sitting in their car next to the city’s cemetery

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Scene of the crime in Tira. Friday.
Scene of the crime in Tira. Friday.Credit: Police Spokesperson
Deiaa Haj Yahia
Deiaa Haj Yahia

Two men were shot dead Friday night in the Arab Israeli city of Tira in central Israel.

The men, aged 26 and 23, were shot while sitting in their car next to the city’s cemetery and were evacuated by emergency services to Meir Hospital in Kfar Sava where they were pronounced dead.

Mohammed Masri, who witnessed the incident, said: “We heard a volley of shots. Which was really scary. We were scared for our children. Suddenly, the neighborhood turned into one big mess.”

Masri added that the murder created an atmosphere of fear in the city, saying there are now concerns of “revenge” shootings.

The police have opened a probe into the shooting.

Earlier this month, a 30-year-old man was shot dead in Taibeh in central Israel. According to eyewitnesses, the shooting was carried out by several people and another person was slightly injured in the incident.

According to a count by Haaretz, at least 93 people have been killed by violence in Israel’s Arab community since the beginning of the year, ten of them women. Last year, 104 people were murdered within the same period.

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