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Man, 30, shot dead in Beersheba as wave of violence in Arab community continues

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A 30-year-old man shot overnight in the southern city of Beersheba died on Saturday morning, the second fatality in a number of hours as the deadly violence in the Arab community showed no sign of slowing.

Ahmad al-Jarjawi, a 30-year-old resident of the Bedouin town of Shaqib al-Salam, was shot when a gunman opened fire at a hookah café. He was taken to Beersheba’s Soroka Hospital where medics later declared his death.

Another man was moderately injured in the shooting.

A relative of Jarjawi said that the family was involved in a dispute with another family, but that it was not yet clear if this was the motive for the shooting.

“We have a dispute with another family but we do not want to say anything publicly if we do not know it is true,” the unnamed relative said.

Police said in a statement that they have opened an investigation into the shooting.

Violent crime has risen to record levels in Arab communities in recent years, with 77 Arab Israeli citizens killed in homicides since 2021 began, according to a tally by the Abraham Initiatives nonprofit. Last year, 96 Arab Israelis were killed in communal violence, the highest annual toll in recent........

© The Times of Israel

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